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November 12, 2019

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

Some Hospitals Sue Opioid Makers for Costs of Treating Uninsured for Substance Abuse

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During the last several years, nearly every emergency room across the country has handled opioid overdoses, which costs hospitals billions of dollars a year. Patients often do not have health insurance, leaving hospitals to absorb the cost of care. Now, some hospitals have joined together to file a handful of lawsuits in state courts, seeing the state-based suits as their best hope of winning meaningful settlement money.

Evidence for State, Community and Systems-Level Prevention Strategies to Address the Opioid Crisis

A recent study systematically reviewed 251 publications that report on evaluations of interventions to address provider and patient/public behavior and prevent prescription and illicit opioid overdose. The study found that the quality of evidence supporting the examined interventions was low to moderate. Interventions with the strongest evidence included PDMP and pain clinic legislation, insurance strategies, motivational interviewing in clinical settings, feedback to providers on opioid prescribing behavior, intensive school and family-based programs, and patient education in the clinical setting.

CDC Opioid Training for Nurses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new module, A Nurse's Call to Action for Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices, in its interactive online training series Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. This module helps nurses learn how they can support the implementation of the CDC Guideline to address the opioid overdose epidemic. From a nursing perspective, participants will learn risk mitigation strategies, quality improvement practices, patient communication techniques, and care coordination approaches that support safer opioid prescribing.

Integrated Pain Management ECHO program is launching

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The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health has recently launched the new Integrated Pain Management (IPM) ECHO. The primary goal of ECHO is to build capacity to best respond to the diverse needs of patients across Indiana, increase access to care and improve health outcomes while reducing disparities. Practitioners who participate in the IPM ECHO will join a learning community of providers who engage in case-based discussions, build a peer network and gain mentorship from a team of subject matter experts. The IPM ECHO will meet virtually using Zoom videoconferencing from 8 to 9:30 a.m. ET every first and third Friday. Interested parties are invited to join as their schedule permits. Please click here to complete the online registration.

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Meridian Community Health Speaker Series

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 substance abuse. 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 Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)  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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Webinar: The Future of Evidence-Based Guidelines in EMS

November 19, 2:00-3:00pm
Panelists on this webinar will discuss how the naloxone guidelines were developed, suggestions for implementing the guidelines and what evidence-based practice looks like in the EMS field going forward. Register here

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Recovery Support Workshop- Vigo County

November 26, 2pm                   This workshop will provide information regarding recovery support and how these programs will benefit Vigo county and the surrounding area moving forward. More information here

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Peer Recovery Ethics Training

December 19-20
This two-day, interactive discussion surrounds the ethical domains and criteria that peer recovery support professionals should follow to maximize outcomes for the populations the peer service. Register here before Dec 16. 

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Webinar: Selecting and Implementing Evidence-based Practices to Address Substance Misuse Among Young Adults

December 12, 11:00am-12:30pm This webinar will review the process of developing an evidence- based guide on substance use prevention for young adults. Register here.