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News by Topic: Prescription drug abuse

A Conversation with Portia Brown
Oct 8, 2018 - Radio interview with Portia Brown, Vice President of Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Luray, Virginia that also has five Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) associated with it. Discussion includes her role as a Rural Health Fellow with the National Rural Health Association; the Undergraduate Primary Care and Rural Education (UPCARE) project, an education program focused on training nurses to serve in primary care and mental health in rural areas of the state; and a program being deployed in RHCs that uses a clinical pharmacist to address potential opioid addiction in patients.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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New Community Assessment Tool Enables for the First Time an In-Depth, County-by-County, Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic Across Entire United States
Oct 4, 2018 - Press release from NORC at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the release of a new community assessment tool that allows users to access data on the opioid epidemic in counties across the county, see the epidemic's relation to demographic and socioeconomic factors, compare county-level data to the rest of the state and country, and track how data has changed over time.
Source: NORC at the University of Chicago
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Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options
Oct 4, 2018 - Discusses the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, opioid legislation recently approved by both houses of Congress and expected to be signed by President Trump. Two provisions in particular are expected to be especially helpful to people dealing with opioid use disorder. One would allow Medicaid to pay for residential treatment in large facilities, and the other would allow Medicare to pay for methadone treatment.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response
Sep 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving to add naloxone to AED cabinets in its buildings across the country to provide quick access to the opioid overdose reversal medication. Veterans are nearly twice as likely to overdose. Although there is not a conclusive explanation for this discrepancy, it can be partially explained by combat exposure which can increase their mental health needs as well as cause injuries that would make them more likely to have been prescribed opioids.
Source: NPR
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HHS Awards $50 Million to Assist American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Efforts Combating the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Sep 26, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes to strengthen efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. These grants, totaling about $50 million, aim to increase access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Bipartisan Committee Leaders Announce Opioid Legislation Agreement
Sep 25, 2018 - Press release from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means announcing the agreement of a bipartisan, bicameral committee on opioid legislation. Both legislative bodies passed separate opioid legislation, requiring that discrepancies between the two bills be addressed by this committee. Includes full text of the revised legislation.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
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A Conversation with David Clayton
Sep 24, 2018 - Radio interview with David Clayton, the Youth Outreach Coordinator for Families Against Narcotics. Discussion includes the work of Families Against Narcotics and the opioid epidemic, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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SAMHSA Releases Guides to Help Women Navigate Opioid Use Disorder Treatment While Pregnant
Sep 20, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is releasing four Healthy Pregnancy: Opioids in Pregnancy fact sheets designed to help women who have opioid use disorders and who are also pregnant or are mothers of infants. These fact sheets explain the process for treating opioid use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome and provide information to help them seek care and to manage pregnancy and treatment.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids
Sep 20, 2018 - Provides an update on the opioid addiction and statistics on the prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder (OUD), and overdoses. Includes discussion on work being done in rural areas to develop and implement evidence-based OUD prevention and treatment interventions.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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CDC Provides New Funds to Battle the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Sep 19, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $155 million in new funding to states and U.S. territories for efforts related to education about and prevention and response activities for the opioid epidemic. The CDC has also awarded $27 million to nine non-governmental organizations to support states and territories with staffing, procurement, and training to improve local public health capacity, and $12 million to support 11 Tribal Epidemiology Centers and 15 tribal entities.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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