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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Nov 25, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcing funding allocations and applicable rules, waivers, and alternative requirements for the Pilot Program to Help Individuals in Recovery From a Substance Use Disorder Become Stably Housed (RHP). RHP authorizes assistance to states and the District of Columbia to provide stable, temporary housing to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 23, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found access to buprenorphine as a treatment for opioid use disorder increased in rural and frontier Oregon since nurse practitioners were given the authority to prescribe it in 2017. Describes how nurse practitioners are sometimes the only healthcare provider in very rural areas.
Source: Washington State University
Nov 6, 2020 - Highlights research and a program at the University of Kentucky focused on providing patients at infectious disease clinics with access to mental health therapists, relapse prevention services, and medications. Discusses how this program aims to address the rising rates of opioid overdose rates in rural areas and increase access to specialized care.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 2, 2020 - Notice of an interim final rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) expanding the conditions a practitioner must meet to provide medication-assisted treatment and expanding the options available for a physician to be considered a qualifying physician. These changes make DEA regulations consistent with the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 (the SUPPORT Act). This interim final rule is effective October 30, 2020. Comments are due by January 4, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 16, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Projects (COIPP). This program will support Tribal and Urban Indian communities in their effort to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services to address the impact of the opioid crisis within their communities. Applications are due by December 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on an application Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) must submit to receive payment for the average training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. Comments are due by December 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - Features an addiction treatment program in Colorado that transformed six RVs into mobile clinics to reach rural and remote communities across the state. Even while other addiction clinics closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile clinics continued to provide addiction services, including a telehealth bridge to connect patients with doctors who can prescribe medicine to fight addiction.
Source: Kaiser Health News