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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Nov 7, 2019 - Register to watch The Providers, a documentary film made available from November 7 – 21, 2019 in honor of National Rural Health Day. The film follows three healthcare providers addressing the opioid epidemic in rural America.
Source: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Nov 4, 2019 - Highlights the Syringe Services Program in Whatcom County, Washington, which helps intravenous drug users trade in used needles. The mobile program provides health and human services and travels to rural parts of the area with the goal of preventing the spread of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C.
Source: The Bellingham Herald
Nov 1, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity focused on strategies to improve health equity among racial and ethnic minorities, and underrepresented and underserved populations being impacted by the opioid crisis. The meeting will be take place on November 21, 2019 and is also available via webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 24, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC) on December 4-5, 2019. Agenda items include discussions on lung injury, overdose prevention research priorities, the opioid crisis and a request to establish an opioid workgroup, and American Indian/Alaska Native health disparities, among other things. Participants are required to register for the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 18, 2019 - Hit hard by the opioid epidemic, rural Ohio Valley struggles with the widespread costs of recovery programs and diseases related to needle drug use. Two Ohio counties receive a settlement in the lawsuit against several opioid companies and governments discuss how they will use the money.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
Oct 15, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded JBS International, Inc. an additional $3,000,000 annually through FY 2022 through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance (RCORP-TA). The original funding for the RCORP-TA program was designed to allow technical assistance for 75 grantees and additional funds will support technical assistance services to an additional 243 opioid award recipients. Funds are contingent upon availability and satisfactory performance of the recipient.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 2, 2019 - The Housing Development Alliance in Hazard, Kentucky created the Hope Building program to build affordable homes and provide employment and construction training to individuals recovering from addiction. Kentucky struggles with a high opioid overdose rate and organizations like the Housing Development Alliance aim to be a part of the solution.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 25, 2019 - Summarizes an interview with a teacher and a psychologist at a school district in Minford, Ohio. The school started a program to help children of parents or grandparents dealing with addiction manage their emotions and navigate trauma.
Source: WBUR
Sep 23, 2019 - Universities in North and South Dakota partner to develop Strengthening the Heartland, a project created to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic in rural areas. Includes information on resources available and how communities can get involved with the project.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Sep 20, 2019 - Describes an operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration that uncovered nearly 45,000 pills of Tramadol mailed to Alaska in 45 days. Contains information on the mild opioid and ways enforcement agencies are addressing substance abuse in rural communities.
Source: Alaska Public Media