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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Sep 23, 2022 - Announces over $1.6 billion in funding to support addiction and overdose crises through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and HRSA's rural communities opioid response programs. Offers an overview of the grant programs and the scope of the investments.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 23, 2022 - Announces $104 million in funding to expand rural substance use treatment and prevention services through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). Offers an overview of 3 funded programs related to medication assisted treatment access, prevention treatment, and recovery implementation, and behavioral healthcare support.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Aug 31, 2022 - Announces $79.1 million in overdose prevention grant funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Offers an overview of the grant programs that awarded the funding, including the Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training Grants, the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs, and Medication-Assisted Treatment - Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 24, 2022 - Describes the efforts of a needle exchange program in Elko, Nevada, which uses a model developed in urban cities to offer harm reduction services in the rural community. Notes the impact of needle exchanges in curbing HIV outbreaks and the strong relationship between harm reduction services and recipients' likelihood of seeking treatment.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Aug 24, 2022 - Perspective piece describing the daily work of a harm reduction provider in a rural Alabama community. Discusses the challenges of providing services with limited resources and in compliance with state law, and the testing, needle disposal, and general services offered through harm reduction.
Source: Today
Aug 23, 2022 - Presents the findings of a study of access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction in Georgia, noting that 4 out of the 5 counties with the highest overdose rates require greater than a 15-minute drive to access a methadone clinic. Highlights overdose statistics in the state and describes challenges to make daily treatments sustainable for rural and low-income patients.
Source: UGA Today