Prescription Drug Overdose Webcasts

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The Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention is hosting free monthly opioid-related webcasts that will span throughout 2018. These webcasts feature subject matter experts who discuss topics such as opioid prescribing guidelines, fighting addiction stigma, drug take back events, and more.

To view the live webcasts, please visit the video center homepage at and select “live videos” during the indicated date and time.

Upcoming Webcasts

The schedule for 2019 webcasts will be announced soon. Thank you for your patience.

Previous webcasts

To serve and protect: Law enforcement's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic
December 18, 2018

This webinar focused on the opioid epidemic from a law enforcement perspective. The speakers provided an overview of diversion drug trends in Indiana and discussed how the criminal justice community in Indiana is tackling the epidemic using tools such as drug courts and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs.

You can view a recording of the event here.

Going the extra mile: Using overdose fatality reviews to gain insight into overdose deaths
November 20, 2018

This webinar focused on overdose fatality review (OFR) teams, which bring together multiagency, interdisciplinary stakeholders to assess whether an overdose death could have been prevented. The ultimate goal of OFRs is to use the insights gained from such reviews to improve statewide policies, procedures, and health outcomes. Indiana is piloting such teams in several counties, and this webinar brings you their latest updates.

You can view a recording of the event here.

A road to recovery: Treatment options in Indiana
October 16, 2018

This webinar covered opioid use disorder treatment programs available across the state. It included a discussion of outpatient, inpatient and residential services, as well as programs that incorporate the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT). The webinar also covered the Fresh Start Recovery Program, which provides opioid treatment services to current and expectant mothers

You can view a recording of the event here.

Prime time for substance abuse prevention programs
September 18, 2018

This webinar covered substance abuse prevention programs that are being implemented across the state. Evidence-based programs discussed included Life Skills Training; Project Towards No Drug Use; Strengthening Families; Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and others. Participants learned about the programs and how to implement them in their communities.

You can view a recording of the event here.

It’s a team effort: Creating a county’s overdose rapid response plan
August 21, 2018

This webinar covered the Overdose Response Pilot Project, a program that assesses local health department (LHDs) and county stakeholder capabilities and response readiness for a drug overdose event. An overview of the project was provided, as well as successes, challenges, takeaways, and information about the new open grant cycle. The application for the new grant cycle is still open and all LHDs are encouraged to apply. Please contact Amanda Billman, MPH, Overdose Surveillance Educator Epidemiologist at or 317-232-3190.

You can view a recording of the event here.

Getting the ball rolling: Indiana's Toxicology Rollout
July 17, 2018

This webcast focused on Indiana’s statewide toxicology testing program that requires Indiana coroners to perform toxicology screenings as of July 1, 2018, on any person who is suspected of dying from a drug overdose. This webinar covered why this requirement became law during the last legislative session, why it is important and present some preliminary fi­ndings. It also featured an explanation of how coroners should ­fill out death certi­ficates based on toxicology findings.

You can view a recording of the event here.

Harm Reduction: One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
June 19, 2018

This webcast focused on harm reduction, a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. This webinar will feature a discussion on syringe service programs and naloxone as harm reduction tools. Finally, it will cover the intersections between harm reduction and substance use prevention.

You can view a recording of the event here. 

Changing Habits: Adapting Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Various Healthcare Settings
May 16, 2018 12-4pm

This half-day event at the ISDH was geared toward medical professionals, including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. It focused on how prescribers can adapt opioid prescribing recommendations and laws to their particular healthcare setting. Featured speakers addressed prescribing guidelines in hospitals, primary care practices, teaching settings with medical and pharmacy students, and more.

You can view a recording of the event here. A copy of the draft agenda can be found here.

There’s a Method to the Data Madness
April 17, 2018

This webinar focused on opioid-related data dashboards, including how access and navigate them. These dashboards, many of which are free and available to the public, include Stats Explorer, ESSENCE, CDC data, and more. They feature data on opioid deaths, hospitalizations due to opioid overdose, prescribing of opioids and more.

You can view the webcast here.

Take ‘em Back! Prescription Drug Take Back Events
March 20, 2018

This webinar describes what drug take back events are, why they are important, and how to organize them in your own community. It features Lenn Detwiler, Executive Director of Hendricks County Solid Waste Management and Brett Clark, Sheriff of Hendricks County, who work together to organize “Tox Away” days, which offer residents a safe disposal options for unused medications. The webinar also discusses how to organize smaller events, such as having a drug take back box in your local pharmacy or health department.

You can view the webcast here.

Stand by the Standing Order: Naloxone Fundamentals for Dispensing Entities
February 20, 2018

This webinar covers comprehensive information regarding the naloxone standing order that is pertinent to every entity that dispenses naloxone to the public, including pharmacies, nonprofits, schools and local health departments. It also covers an overview of optIN, the online registry that such entities must register with.

You can view the webcast here.

Local health department naloxone distribution program successes & challenges
January 9, 2018

Three local health departments discuss their successes and challenges with the naloxone kit distribution program. This program is a grant opportunity off­ered by ISDH which provides local health departments free naloxone kits to distribute in their counties. Viewers have an opportunity to learn best practices established by those that have successfully distributed kits to the general public. The webcast is tailored for local health departments as well as those interested in learning more about naloxone kit distribution programs, services offered with the distribution program, working with key community partners and more.

You can view the webcast here.

Increasing patient satisfaction while decreasing opioid prescription & other opioid topics of interest
December 15, 2017

Dr. Chad Brummett, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, presents at the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee on his involvement with the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN) and his clinical research in post-surgical pain.

You can view the webcast here.General image 3-ISDH

CDC Rx Awareness
November 28, 2017

This webcast presents information on the recently launched CDC Rx Awareness campaign. This effort aims to increase awareness that opioids can be addictive and dangerous and highlight the importance of reducing prescription opioid misuse. ISDH will offer ways that local health departments can introduce this campaign within their own counties. The webcast will feature state-specific campaign materials for websites, social media, newsletters and press releases.

You can view the webcast here.

Naloxone Grant Opportunity Reporting Tool Training
September 28, 2017

This training session provides information on how to use the updated reporting tool for local health departments participating in the third round of naloxone kit distribution. This training provides an overview of the reporting responsibilities and requirements, the reporting schedule, and instruction on how to use each section of the reporting tool for the third round of naloxone distribution program. This training is a useful reference to all local health departments participating in the naloxone distribution program because it provides an in-depth overview of the basic concepts for filling out the naloxone distribution reporting tool.

You can view the webcast here.

More webinars


The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is also hosting monthly webcasts about opioid prescribing and addiction. As the largest physician organization in Indiana advocating for the well-being of physicians and their patients, ISMA is committed to implementing solutions to combat Indiana's opioid crisis.

To access ISMA’s free webinars, visit their website.


Contact Information:
Klaudia Wojciechowska
Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Associate

Page last updated 12/19/2018