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News by Topic: Prescription drug misuse

Apr 18, 2024 - A new mobile health clinic offering opioid addiction treatment will travel to rural Arkansas communities. Notes that rural residents often travel as much as 40 miles for the services offered by the mobile clinic.
Source: Malvern Daily Record
Apr 2, 2024 - Discusses implementation of new federal policies regarding methadone access in Pennsylvania. Notes ways that access will increase and continued access challenges for rural residents.
Source: 90.5 WESA
Mar 26, 2024 - Summarizes recent research investigating prescription treatment for rural residents with opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. Finds that rural residents with dual diagnoses are unlikely to be prescribed medication to treat both disorders.
Source: HealthDay News
Mar 21, 2024 - Describes a naloxone distribution program on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Discusses their approach as a harm-reduction method for reducing overdose deaths.
Source: Char-Koosta News
Mar 6, 2024 - Announces nearly $50 million in new funding for the Rural Opioid Treatment and Recovery Initiative through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funding can be used for both establishing new treatment and recovery services or expanding existing ones.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 21, 2024 - Summarize a recent study finding race disparities in buprenorphine prescribing for in both rural and urban communities. Study examined 2018 prescribing data at the zip code level. Notes that the lack of medical providers for the rural minority communities is the reason for the rural disparity. Also discusses urban disparities trends and the impact these trends have on overdose mortality for various race and ethnicities.
Source: 90.5 WESA