Physician Resource Center
ISMA is in a unique position to take the lead in educating the state’s physicians about opioid prescribing and addiction. As the largest physician organization in Indiana advocating for the well-being of physicians and their patients, and as the Indiana recognized accreditor of continuing medical education (CME) for 31 institutions, including hospitals and medical specialty societies, ISMA is committed to implementing solutions to combat Indiana's opioid crisis.

This page serves as an education and resource center for Indiana physicians who want to learn more about opioid addiction and treatment. Check back often for updates.

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INSPECT Integration: Data for Critical Prescribing Decisions
In August 2017, Indiana took the first steps toward implementing a comprehensive, statewide platform for health care professionals to review patients' controlled-substance prescription history more quickly and efficiently. This platform supports Indiana's prescription drug monitoring program (INSPECT) and transfers data into electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy management systems. Statewide integration of the INSPECT platform is a key component of Indiana's ongoing efforts to attack the opioid crisis.
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Difficult Conversations with Patients Seeking Opioids
This webinar will help attendees recognize red flags and understand the skills needed to manage discord in interactions between patient and provider. The presenters will share some empathetic responses to help manage discord. They will also discuss how to "Ask-Provide-Ask" to impart clinical information. And, they will review other guidelines and best practices for keeping patients safe.
Nov. 16, 2017 (Noon-1 p.m.)
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Changing the Culture of Prescribing
The webinar will review current evidence for the use of opioids to treat chronic pain, identify strategies for safer use of opioids in the opioid-tolerant population, and demonstrate how to implement compassionate opioid-weaning protocols. Presenters will also discuss a lifestyle-change paradigm for patients in treatment for chronic pain and ways to help patients to be proactive and adherent in their own care.
Dec. 14, 2017 (Noon-1 p.m.)
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Recent Articles

Indiana University plans to join the governor’s initiative to attack the state’s opioid crisis by donating $50 million and dedicating 70 researchers to the issue. The money will be spent over the course of five years and will focus on decreasing overdose deaths due to opioids, the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the incidence of substance use disorder. Read more about the plan and areas of focus here.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that the city would take legal action against makers and distributors of opioids. More than 75 similar lawsuits have been filed nationwide. Read more at IndyStar.

Other Resources

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) offers many online educational resources, safety information and links to addiction services.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released the 2017 edition of Drugs of Abuse to show and describe the most commonly abused and misused drugs. The guide also includes information on the science of drug use, the effects of each drug’s effect on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status and other factors.

The National Center for Health Statistics provides provisional drug overdose death counts at the national and state level to help improve data quality and visualization of current trends. The data includes: a provisional count of deaths due to drug overdose, a provisional count of drug overdose deaths involving specific drugs or drug classes, a map of the percentage of total deaths due to drug overdoses and a map of the percentage change in provisional drug overdose deaths for the current 12-month period compared with the previous year.