Drug Related Terms and Acronyms

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Aaron’s Law: This law requires pharmaceutical, non-profits, health departments and other entities to register as Naloxone providers on the Overdose Prevention Therapy-Indiana (optIN) website.  The optIN registry is part of the Indiana Naloxone Standing Order, allowing lay persons the ability to obtain Naloxone for themselves or those they know without a prescription. Naloxone providers must provide a list of resources for substance abuse treatment options and instruct those who are trained to call emergency medical services either immediately before or after administering the medicine.

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DMHA: Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Drug overdose: When a drug is swallowed, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin in excessive amounts and injures the body. Overdoses can be either intentional or unintentional.

EMS: Emergency Medical Services

FSSA: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Good Samaritan Law: First responders such as; advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, firefighters or volunteer firefighters, law enforcement officers, or paramedics are immune from liability when administering Naloxone except for in cases of willful misconduct or gross negligence.

IC: Indiana Code, found at http://iga.in.gov/

ICD-9: International Classification of Diseases- Ninth Revision

ICD-10: International Classification of Diseases-Tenth Revision

ICJI: Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

INSPECT: Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program

INVDRS: Indiana Violent Death Reporting System

Naloxone/Narcan: An opioid antagonist medication that can reverse an opioid or heroin overdose if administered in time.

NAS: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Opioid: Derived from the opium poppy (or synthetic versions of it) and used for pain relief. Examples include hydrocodone (Vicodin®), oxycodone (OxyContin®, Fentora®), methadone, and codeine.

PDO: Prescription Drug Overdose

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

WISQARS: Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System

YPLL: Years of potential life lost

YRBS: Youth Risk Behavior Survey