Opioid Fast Facts

Know the O Facts

The Know the O Facts campaign was launched by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) to help build awareness and understanding about opioid use disorder (OUD) and to increase the public’s understanding around three key messages:

  • Opioid use disorder is a disease.
  • There is treatment.
  • Recovery is possible.

FSSA hopes the campaign will raise awareness of opioid use disorder and treatment, change the way Hoosiers think, promote effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment and recovery, and educate the public about the physical signs of opioid use disorder.

For information and downloadable training tools, visit in.gov/recovery/know-the-o.

Opioid Webinars Feature Member Hospitals

IHA’s Opioid Best Practices Webinar Series launched April 10 to provide education on the five priority areas identified by the IHA Board of Directors with respect to addressing prescription opioid management and substance use disorder. The series highlights the work and successes of IHA-member hospitals in their communities.

April 10: Prescribing Opioids and Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Emergency Departments, featuring Franciscan Health Indianapolis

April 24: Acute Pain Prescribing Guidelines and Pain Management Options, featuring Greene County General Hospital

May 22: Prescriber Education: Engaging Prescribers and Staff, featuring Fayette Regional Health System and Unity Medical & Surgical Hospital

June 12: Community Engagement and Partnerships, featuring Marion General Hospital

July 10: Hospital Prescribing Review, featuring Scott Memorial Hospital

Access past webinar recordings and register for upcoming webinars at http://bit.ly/IHAOpioidWebinars.

The Language of Addiction

The language we use to talk about addiction and substance use disorders (SUDs) is very powerful. When we hear and use biased and hurtful words, our perceptions and the perceptions of others are influenced and negative stereotypes and stigmas are created and reinforced. Stigma and discrimination are barriers to understanding the problem. They are also barriers for those struggling with SUDs to seeking and accessing treatment—and ultimately to recovery. Follow the guide below for using stigma-reducing language when talking about SUDs and addiction.