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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

May 28, 2024 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking comments on a proposed information collection titled "Needle Exchange Utilization Survey (NEXUS)." The purpose of NEXUS is to develop a surveillance system to monitor drug use, prevention behaviors, and the infectious disease consequences of drug use in select urban and non-urban areas of the U.S. impacted by the opioid crisis. Comments are due by July 29, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2024 - Reports on the 2,000-member Mi'kmaq Nation's efforts to use sweat lodges as a cultural element to complement addiction counseling and medications already provided by the tribe's health department. The project was partially funded by pharmaceutical companies that were accused of exacerbating the overdose crisis among Native Americans.
Source: National Public Radio
May 2, 2024 - Spotlights a partnership in between EMS and a non-profit recovery center in Bennington, Vermont. Describes the creation of an email-based referral system, harm reduction strategies, and steps taken to ensure patient confidentiality.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 2, 2024 - Outlines new opioid response funding available to states, territories, and tribes. Describes major goals of the investment, including expanded access to overdose reversal medication and recovery programs for youth and young adults.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Apr 18, 2024 - A new mobile health clinic offering opioid addiction treatment will travel to rural Arkansas communities. Notes that rural residents often travel as much as 40 miles for the services offered by the mobile clinic.
Source: Malvern Daily Record