News by Topic: Prescription drug misuse
May 30, 2023 - Highlights Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) nominees for the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (the Sammies), an award given for outstanding service by federal employees. Includes information on voting for the People's Choice award, which is open through June 19th when the top 6 will be named. Final voting will close on June 30th.
Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
May 16, 2023 - Describes the differing opinions about how opioid settlement money should be used in rural Greene County in northeastern Tennessee. Some feel the money should be used directly for mental health and addiction treatment, while others say the county has for years funded programs to help people harmed by addiction, and settlement money can legitimately be used to pay down debt incurred partly due to those programs.
Source: KFF Health News
May 10, 2023 - A naloxone vending machine will be placed at a rural health center in Vermont, giving access to the medication for free, 24 hours a day. The community worked to find a machine after a local resident died from an opioid overdose. For the third year in a row, Vermont set a record for opioid overdose deaths in 2022.