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News by Topic: Prescription drug abuse

Rural America Comes to HRSA
Mar 15, 2018 - Highlights the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) rural grantees conference and the work of several HRSA-funded projects improving health in rural areas across the country. Includes programs addressing chronic disease, hospital readmissions, opioid treatment, and more.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country
Mar 14, 2018 - Details the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs' oversight hearing on opioid abuse in Native American communities. In 2016, Native American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 12 and older reported the highest rate of opioid misuse of all minority groups. Includes the full remarks from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as a complete testimony and video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse
Mar 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be hosting monthly roundtables from March through July on the opioid epidemic in rural areas. These regional roundtables will bring together rural partners in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maine, respectively, to address challenges and strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as how these measures can be replicated.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
Mar 6, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighting their recently released report which found that emergency department visits related to suspected opioid overdoses increased 30% in the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data collected from 45 states. Overdoses increased for men and women of all age groups and in all regions, but varies by state and by rural/urban classification.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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AHRQ Data Show Impact of Opioid Crisis at County Level
Mar 1, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an online statistical resource that provides county-level comparisons of hospitalization rates for substance use, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants, and other drugs. They've also updated their interactive online map to provide county-specific data on opioid-related hospitalizations for 32 states.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Assistant to the Secretary Anne Hazlett Statement on the White House Opioid Summit
Mar 1, 2018 - Statement from Anne Hazlett, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, praising the Trump administration for their response to the opioid epidemic, including hosting an Opioid Summit with members of the administration, affected individuals, and addiction- and recovery-focused organizations.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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How We Will Win the War on Opioids
Mar 1, 2018 - Blog post from the White House on the opioid epidemic and the Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis.
Source: The White House
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USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis
Feb 22, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled a new webpage with resources to help rural communities respond to the opioid epidemic and tailor that response to their specific needs. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 63,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, with more than half of those attributed to opioids.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Kentucky Sues Cardinal Health For Flooding Rural Areas With Opioids
Feb 20, 2018 - The state of Kentucky is joining more than 300 others in filing a lawsuit against Cardinal Health over their distribution of opioid medications. The suit accuses Cardinal Health of excessive distribution, especially in rural areas of Eastern Kentucky, and of failing to report shipments of suspiciously large quantities of opioids.
Source: WOSU Public Media
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SAMHSA Publishes Guidance on Clinical Best Practices Using Medication-Assisted Treatment to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
Feb 15, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63, "Medications for Opioid Use Disorder", to serve as guidance for healthcare professionals treating patients with opioid use disorder using medication-assisted treatment.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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