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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

May 5, 2021 - Describes an increase in meth use in rural Rusk County, Wisconsin and its impacts that include a rise in crime, violence, and drug-related child abuse and neglect investigations.
Source: WQOW
Apr 28, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issuing practice guidelines allowing eligible practitioners to treat up to 30 patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) using buprenorphine without having to meet certain federal certification requirements related to training, counseling, and other ancillary services. This guidance is intended to expand access to buprenorphine for OUD treatment. This guidance is effective April 28, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 27, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new practice guidelines that exempt eligible healthcare providers from federal certification and training requirements to obtain a waiver to treat up to 30 patients with buprenorphine. These actions aim to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 15, 2021 - The Indian Health Service announced the award of $16 million to tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to combat the opioid epidemic as part of the 2021 Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project. Thirty-five grants were awarded to support innovative approaches and culturally relevant services addressing opioid use disorder in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Source: Indian Health Service
Apr 8, 2021 - Blog post written by the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes a condensed transcript of his conversation with the Director of NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation's opioid crisis. Provides an overview of the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative and related efforts to address substance use disorders.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Mar 18, 2021 - The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) organized three formal consultations with tribal leaders to discuss and examine how federal drug policies can support the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities and their efforts addressing the opioid epidemic and challenges related to substance use and misuse. The free consultation sessions will be held March 23-25, 2021. ONDCP is also seeking feedback and comments on related topics through March 31, 2021.
Source: Rural Community Toolbox