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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Jan 9, 2023 - Describes new research that suggests that although existing studies compare access to medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) by rurality, there is a lack of of research on patient experiences in specific regions and localities. How personal and healthcare factors vary between rural communities is still poorly understood.
Source: Filter
Jan 4, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in which people living in America reported on their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021. Includes information on perceived impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dec 29, 2022 - Announces that Glenn Sterner, assistant professor at Penn State Abington, was given the 2022 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health for his work on the opioid epidemic, human trafficking, and other issues across the state.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dec 27, 2022 - Describes two recent incidents that illuminate the urgent need to address mental health and substance abuse problems across North Dakota. Reports that stigma can be a barrier for people seeking counseling in rural communities where everyone knows everyone. (May require subscription to view.)
Source: InForum
Dec 20, 2022 - Senator Jon Ossoff has announced that the bipartisan Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act has been signed into law. This law will identify gaps in prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural areas, and establish new efforts to address the opioid crisis in communities.
Source: Office of Senator Jon Ossoff
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award more than $130 million in 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline grants, to address the nation's ongoing mental health and substance use crises.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dec 16, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would update the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's regulations for medications used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Comments on the proposed changes will be due by February 14, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces a new research network established by the National Institutes of Health, that will test harm reduction strategies in different community settings. This research network will examine the efficacy of moving harm reduction services and tools into communities via mobile vans, peer support specialists, internet- and smartphone-based tools, and other types of outreach.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Dec 12, 2022 - Describes the challenges of funding opioid overdose prevention programs and allocating funding from manufacturer settlements. Notes that rural counties that may experience per capita disparities in overdoses compared to urban areas receive far less funding due to smaller populations. Compares various funding models nationwide.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Nov 30, 2022 - Reports on the increase in prescribed buprenorphine for the treatment of addiction to heroin or opioid painkillers, noting the accessibility of treatment for rural patients who would otherwise have to travel daily to cities to receive methadone treatment. Notes the increase in overdoses due to the prevalence of fentanyl misuse.
Source: NBC News and Kaiser Health News