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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

May 13, 2019 - SSM St. Mary's Hospital partnered with Safe Communities to help coach expectant parents on opioid use recovery. The biggest increase in opiate use has been among rural white women of reproductive age, resulting in many babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: WKOW
May 10, 2019 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is bringing together federal agencies and departments to help rural communities respond to the addiction crisis. Examples include a wellness center providing medically-assisted treatment for opioid addiction funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Facilities Program; the creation of local opioid consortia supported by the Department of Health and Human Services; and a coalition of rural advocates focused on the Pacific Northwest called the Rural Action Plan Tackling Opioid Recovery (RAPTOR) group.
Source: The Spokesman-Review
May 7, 2019 - A rural county in West Virginia is facing an outbreak of HIV among drug users who use needles. The county's work last year with a Hepatitis A outbreak helped the public health department create partnerships with local hospitals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This Appalachian county has one of the highest incidences of opioid abuse in the country.
Source: National Association of Counties: County News
May 2, 2019 - Tennessee's substance abuse crisis is increasing demand for foster care, particularly in the rural counties with the highest rates of opioid misuse. Currently, the demand for foster care services is double the number of available homes.
Source: The Rogersville Review
May 1, 2019 - States are passing laws that require physicians to prescribe naloxone for patients on high doses of opioid medications. The laws are part of larger efforts to increase access to naloxone and reduce opioid overdose deaths.
Source: Pew Stateline
Apr 30, 2019 - Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are promoting resources for farmers and rural communities in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month and invite others to share resources and materials and participate in the conversation about on-farm stress. They will also be offering additional tools each week on social media and webinars related to farmer suicide and rural opioid overdose prevention.
Source: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
Apr 29, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be awarding up to $6.7 million each to establish Rural Centers of Excellence for 3 different focus areas related to substance abuse and opioid use disorder. One center will focus on best practices for recovery housing, one will address synthetic opioid overdose mortality in the Delta or/and Appalachian regions, and the third will focus on rural treatment interventions.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 26, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is offering up to $725,000 over 3 years to expand or establish medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in high-risk rural communities. Eligible applicants include Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospitals under 50 beds, Health Center Look-Alikes, and tribes and tribal organizations in HRSA-designated rural areas. Applications are due June 10, 2019 and a webinar will provide additional information on May 16, 2019.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 25, 2019 - Kentucky announced a 5-year initiative to address hepatitis C in the Appalachian region. The opioid epidemic has increased hepatitis C rates due to sharing infected needles. Kentucky's initiative will include partnerships with local organizations and healthcare providers.
Source: Insider Louisville
Apr 24, 2019 - County jails are turning into drug treatment centers, particularly in response to the opioid epidemic, and expanding medication-assisted treatment (MAT). In rural areas, even jails struggle to find a doctor who can prescribe MAT.
Source: Vermont Public Radio