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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Jul 10, 2020 - Highlights measures the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken to address the opioid epidemic, focusing on preventing opioid misuse, expanding access to treatment, and using data to better target their efforts. Describes efforts to increase access to these services in rural areas that have been among the hardest hit by the opioid crisis.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jun 24, 2020 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll joined Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and local officials to launch the Rural Community Toolbox (RCTB). The RCTB is an online clearinghouse of resources from 16 Federal departments and agencies, created to connect rural leaders with funding, data, and information to combat drug addiction in rural America.
Source: The White House
Jun 11, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the opportunity to apply for funding under The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RCORP-NAS). The purpose of the program is to reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in rural communities and the target population is pregnant women and mothers with history of substance use disorder whose families reside in HRSA-designated rural areas.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Jun 8, 2020 - The Agency for Health Research and Quality is seeking comment on a proposed information collection for a project to identify and test strategies for the management of opioid use and misuse in older adults in primary care settings. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 14, 2020 - Appalachia has seen a rise in substance use disorder relapses as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Health officials attribute this to social distancing measures that strip recovering addicts of crucial support systems. Discusses how the pandemic takes a physical and emotional toll on those recovering from substance use disorders and describes how online forums and meeting platforms attempt to fill the support gaps.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia