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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Mississippi Delta Deals With Opioid Crisis on Rural Level
Oct 19, 2018 - Focuses on opioid and methamphetamine use in rural Mississippi Delta. Discusses the high rates of use in this area and in the state as a whole, the use of naloxone by law enforcement, and the need for addiction treatment.
Source: MPB
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USDA Provides Opportunities in Education, Health Care Services and Job Training for 125,000 Rural Alaskans
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.2 million in providing virtual access to job training, and educational and healthcare opportunities in rural Alaska. This funding, from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, will benefit the Alaska Native Tribal Consortium, the Alaska Gateway School District, and the North Slope Borough School District.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation
Oct 17, 2018 - Reports on the growing impact that fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are having on the opioid crisis, challenges in detecting fentanyl, and the dangers it poses due to its lethality and role in overdose outbreaks.
Source: Stateline
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Recovering Addicts Say Rural Missouri's Meth 'Explosion' Is A Warning To The Country
Oct 17, 2018 - Discusses the rise of methamphetamine use around the country, focusing on a region in rural Missouri that has been hit particularly hard by the drug over the years. Touches on the devastation wrought by this drug and the concern over the state's resources being focused on the opioid crisis.
Source: KCUR 89.3
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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Stigma Surrounds Addiction Treatment for Pregnant People in Indian Country
Oct 16, 2018 - Discusses the issue of opioid misuse disorder among pregnant women on Native American reservations and the stigma related to seeking treatment while pregnant. The rate of drug-related deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives is nearly twice that of the general population and in 2015 they had the highest rates of death from drug overdose of any ethnicity. Also touches on efforts on reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin to address these issues.
Source: Rewire.News
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The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis
Oct 15, 2018 - Highlights the work of Dr. Rahul Gupta, a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state's chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. Discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a "social autopsy" to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources. Also touches on a contaminated water crisis in the state and on Gupta's future work, including mothers with opioid use disorder and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: 89.3 WFPL
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Reflecting on One Year of Innovation at Rural Development
Oct 12, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development. Discusses the Rural Development Innovation Center, created one year ago, and its work in rural areas related to disaster recovery, rural access to capital, data analytics, economic development, workforce development, and the opioid crisis, among other things.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog
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New Community Assessment Tool Enables for the First Time an In-Depth, County-by-County, Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic Across Entire United States
Oct 4, 2018 - Press release from NORC at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the release of a new community assessment tool that allows users to access data on the opioid epidemic in counties across the county, see the epidemic's relation to demographic and socioeconomic factors, compare county-level data to the rest of the state and country, and track how data has changed over time.
Source: NORC at the University of Chicago
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Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options
Oct 4, 2018 - Discusses the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, opioid legislation recently approved by both houses of Congress and expected to be signed by President Trump. Two provisions in particular are expected to be especially helpful to people dealing with opioid use disorder. One would allow Medicaid to pay for residential treatment in large facilities, and the other would allow Medicare to pay for methadone treatment.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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