We will be announcing the following upcoming events soon: a night of live storytelling, a community conversation in Richmond, and a discussion in partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library.
The Pills, Bills & Policy Event Series:
The Indiana Opioid Epidemic and Minority Impact
This event happened on February 13, 2018 and it was a virtual panel discussion.
When a New York State Senator said, “It’s not a ghetto drug. It’s happening to doctor’s kids,” he was referring to opioids. He was also describing two mindsets – one focused on criminality, the other on treating a disease.
And many perceive racial and ethnic implications in these two ways of thinking about the opioid epidemic. The topic is explored in a 90-minute conversation hosted by WFYI’s Side Effects health reporting unit in partnership with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.
Guests: Jocelyn Bush, MD – specialist in anesthesiology and pain management; Brad Ray, PhD – mental health and criminal justice researcher, Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis; Ronald Sullivan – director of Harvard’s Criminal Justice Institute; Joselyn Whitticker – president of the Grant County (IN) Minority Health Coalition
Moderator: Michael Twyman, PhD – consultant and associate faculty member at Indiana Univ’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Prescription Drug Monitoring and Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Kicking off this event was Jim McClelland who serves as the Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana. This presentation focused on an overview of the opioid epidemic and its impact in Indiana. Mr. McClelland spoke about how Indiana is dealing with this complex problem by leveraging resources strategically to make a positive impact. He also touched on legislation and the state’s work in regards to prescription guidelines and Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program INSPECT.
Dr. Chris Harle is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health. In his presentation entitled “Opioid Prescribing Decisions: Patients, Providers, Pain and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs” , Dr. Harle shares research and data highlighting workflows and challenges for clinicians.
Lastly is the panel discussion followed by a Q&A session. This panel explores how Indiana can help health care providers manage patients’ pain without fueling addition, with an emphasis on prescription drug monitoring programs, how they are used, and what potential they have.
Three Years After Scott County: What Has Indiana Learned From A Historic HIV Outbreak?This event occured on May 1st, 2018. Videos will be coming out soon!