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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Jan 23, 2020 - The University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus held a short workshop on the opioid crisis and how to use the overdose reversal drug naloxone, which was distributed to students at the end. This was the first year the workshop was available to medical students, but will soon become a requirement.
Source: Duluth News Tribune
Jan 21, 2020 - Summarizes strategies discussed to address the opioid crisis at the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Annual Capstone Event. Describes how Appalachian counties can lead the way in solutions, as the region has been widely affected by the opioid epidemic. Includes five recommendations for local action from the NACo-ARC report.
Source: National Association of Counties
Jan 21, 2020 - Highlights the Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate Tuition Assistance Project, which offers online training to emergency responders on opioid abuse and prevention in rural areas of Pennsylvania. Funding for the program was provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Source: EMS1
Jan 17, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that found only two percent of young people who have survived an opioid overdose had access to treatment that could have prevented another overdose from happening. Describes how behavioral health services, addiction treatment, and medically assisted treatment can help young people overcome addiction.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Jan 16, 2020 - A team of researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center will investigate methods to treating opioid use disorder in four rural Appalachian states. Describes how rural patients are having to drive long distances to access treatment medications and other resources.
Source: WXXI News
Jan 15, 2020 - Summarizes research that found a decrease in the overdose death rate as active coal mining jobs declined in rural Appalachia. This research counters the argument that the opioid crisis was fueled by the disappearance of the coal industry leading many miners to lose their jobs.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Jan 10, 2020 - The opioid epidemic has hit rural West Virginia hard, one school created the "life and recovery coach academy" to educate students on administering opioid overdose reversal medications and on how to help those struggling with substance use disorders.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Jan 9, 2020 - Summarizes an open-ended survey of rural adults where 25 percent of respondents said drug addiction was the biggest concern for their community. Another concern included access to affordable healthcare, with rural residents saying they felt outside help was necessary to solve these issues.
Source: WKMS
Jan 9, 2020 - Presents an overview of a study examining barriers to accessing syringe service programs for people who inject drugs in rural Kentucky. Describes the biggest barriers as lack of transportation, limited operation hours, and concerns of privacy and stigma.
Source: Kentucky Health News
Jan 6, 2020 - Presents an overview of a study that suggests fewer than 1 in 10 U.S. primary care providers can prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction. Findings show counties with the highest opioid overdoses saw a climb in physicians able to prescribe the medication, but rural communities did not see as much of an increase as urban communities.
Source: Reuters