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November 5, 2019

Here are your weekly opioid epidemic updates from the Indiana State Department of Health:

Settlement in opioid trail between two Ohio counties and four drug companies

Two Ohio counties and four drug companies recently settled a landmark lawsuit over responsibility for the opioid epidemic in a deal that could help push the parties toward a wide-ranging agreement on more than 2,400 similar claims filed across the country. The $260 million settlement will give Cuyahoga and Summit counties needed funding and anti-addiction medication to combat the opioid epidemic. The remedies will be provided by four of the defendants in case: opioid distributors McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health, and drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals, which all admitted to no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

Three draft reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are available for public comment

Chronic Pain MMWR

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites the public to provide comments on three draft reports that update the March 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Comments for all reports may be submitted through Nov. 11.

ISDH is looking for community experts

The ISDH Drug Overdose Prevention Team is looking for local community experts who have knowledge and expertise in substance abuse. ISDH is creating a repository of local experts to expand its network of contacts. Experts may be contacted to participate in events, including webcasts, conferences, expert panels, etc. If you or someone you know is interested in being included in the repository, please fill out the REDCap form.

Recovery Community Services Program: Funding Opportunity Announcement


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year 2020 Recovery Community Services Program. The purpose of this program is to provide peer recovery support services via recovery community organizations to individuals with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders or those in recovery from these disorders. Only private, domestic, not-for-profit Recovery Community Organizations are eligible for this funding.

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CDC's Response to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

November 6, 12:00pm
This webinar presentation will cover the history of the opioid overdose epidemic, the latest data, the role of substance use and abuse before and after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and CDC’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic and intersections with TBI. Register here

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Recovery & Culture Training

November 6 - November 8
This 3 day, 18 CEU course provided by the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition is designed to help recovery professionals be more effective in working with people in recovery from diverse cultures. Additional information and registration available here.

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Meridian Community Health Speaker Series featuring Ryan Leaf

November 14, 10:00am-12:00pm
The Meridian Community Health Speaker Series will feature former NFL player, Ryan Leaf in an effort to bring awareness to people in recovery from drug addiction. Additional information and registration available here

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CRAFT Training for Providers

November 18-20
Overdose Lifeline is offering a free 2.5 day provider training in the evidence-based CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) program. The CRAFT intervention is designed to help concerned significant others to engage treatment-refusing substance users into treatment. More information and registration here

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ISDH Webcast: There's a Method to the Data Madness

November 18, 2:00-3:00pm
This webcast will provide an overview of the newly released Drug Overdose Data Dashboard including how to get county by county data on opioid prescriptions, hospital discharges, and deaths. More information and registration here

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Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit

December 11, 8:30am-4:30pm
This year’s Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit is all about Connecting Communities ― linking pregnant women to services where they live and connecting community-based organizations to each other so they can accomplish more together. Early bird pricing ends November 1. Register here.