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November 26, 2019

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

Breastfeeding and Substance Use: Evidence-based Practice Guidance Document


The Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative has released “Breastfeeding and Substance Use: Evidence-based Practices Guidance Document.” This comprehensive guide is intended for physicians, nurses, breastfeeding consultants, home visitors and others who support a woman to successfully breastfeed her infant. The report recommends the establishment of guidelines for providers and policies for hospitals related to breastfeeding mothers who are using prescribed and/or illicit substances.

Call for Presenters/Nominations for CRS/CHW Conference

The Peer Recovery Network hosts an annual conference for Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS), Community Health Workers (CHW) and those who support them. The next CRS/CHW Spring Conference and Pre-Conference will be April 21, 2020, at the Embassy Suites, Plainfield. The conference organizers are beginning to collect presenter proposals and award nominations. The Call for Presenters form is attached. The deadline for submissions to present is Dec. 20, 2019 .

The award nomination forms are available using the links below. If you know of a CRS or CHW and/or organization who goes above and beyond in their support the individuals they serve, consider submitting a nomination before the deadline of Jan. 10, 2020.
CHW/CRS of the Year Nomination Form
Service Provider of the Year Nomination Form
Lifetime Achievement Nomination Form

Sesame Workshop Launches Initiative to Support Children Affected by Parental Addiction

Sesame Street

To support children and families impacted by substance abuse, Sesame Workshop, the not-for-profit education organization behind “Sesame Street,” is releasing content centered on a new Muppet whose mom is struggling with substance abuse. The resources, which are part of the Sesame Street in Communities program and are available at no charge, deliver these helpful words for children: You are not alone. You will be taken care of. Addiction is a sickness and, as with any sickness, people need help to get better. And most importantly: It’s not your fault.

Expert Panel Recommends Evidence-Based Public Health Initiatives to Address the Opioid Crisis

A panel of 15 subject-matter experts convened by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) released a thorough report of recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis in the United States, focused on the potential for a master settlement agreement. If a multi-district litigation settlement is reached, the panel recommends using the settlement funds to improve data collection and dissemination, combat stigma, ensure access to medication for opioid use disorder, reduce associated harms, support primary prevention, fund research and advance program evaluation and implementation.

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Recovery Support Workshop - Vigo County

November 26, 2:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide information regarding recovery support and how these programs will benefit Vigo county and the surrounding area moving forward. More information cab be found here

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Communities Talk Townhall Meeting - Marion County

December 11, 5:30 p.m.
Drug Free Marion County would like to invite you to a free townhall discussion focused on preventing underage drinking. More information can be found here.

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Webinar: Addressing Substance Misuse Amoung Young Adults

December 12, 10:00 a.m.
This webinar will review the process of developing an evidence- based guide on substance use prevention for young adults. Register here.

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Understanding and Preventing Electronic Cigarette Use Among Youth

December 12, 2:00 p.m.
This webinar will describe the extent of the vaping problem and will discuss the toxicity of electronic cigarettes, including the poisoning risks to young children and adolescents. This webinar is geared towards maternal child health leaders, injury prevention practitioners, educators, youth-focused organizations, and the public. Register 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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