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News by Topic: Statistics and data

Jul 18, 2019 - Highlights two Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) success stories from a provider at Gallup Indian Medical Center. American Indians and Alaska Natives have the second highest opioid overdose death rate of racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.
Source: Indian Health Service
Jul 18, 2019 - A new study of patients being treated for opioid addictions at a rural clinic shows a connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and addiction relapse. Each additional ACE corresponded with a 17% higher chance of relapse, demonstrating how trauma can link to addiction. Each treatment visit decreased the chance of relapse by 2%.
Source: The Rural Blog
Jul 17, 2019 - Preliminary data for 2018 shows a decrease in the number of people dying from drug overdoses. While opioid were still the most frequent cause of overdose deaths, the number of related deaths decreased from 49,000 to 47,600.
Source: Time
Jul 17, 2019 - Rural communities in several states with the highest per capita rate of opioid overdose deaths also had the highest portion of pain pills distributed by major drug companies, a new analysis from The Washington Post shows. West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky along the Appalachian Mountains were hit particularly hard. (Subscription may be required to view article).
Source: The Washington Post
Jul 16, 2019 - From May 2018 to May 2019 rural America gained 85,000 jobs, or 5.5 percent of the total increase in the U.S. A county-level interactive map gives statistics on jobs gained or lost, with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro locations.
Source: Daily Yonder
Jul 11, 2019 - Mortality rates for non-Hispanic whites are increasing, particularly for those living in rural areas, women, and people ages 25-44, according to a new research study. While mortality rates for screenable cancers and HIV/AIDS have decreased, mortality for drug overdoses, mental and nervous-system disorders, and respiratory disease increased.
Source: Science Daily
Jul 8, 2019 - A $5.8 million grant to the University of Pittsburgh will fund research on opioid use in Appalachia. Part of their focus will include differences for rural areas, as previous research on drug use generally focuses on urban populations. A 2015 study showed that Appalachia had an opioid overdose mortality rate 65% higher than other areas for people between ages 15-64, and other studies have shown disparities in rural opioid use and treatment.
Source: WESA
Jul 7, 2019 - Nearly a quarter of rural Americans have used some kind of telehealth service, as shown by a new poll on rural life and health. Barriers still remain though, including broadband access and insurance regulations.
Source: National Public Radio
Jul 5, 2019 - Colorado's new Behavioral Health Task Force is putting together a strategic plan to revolutionize the state's behavioral health system. Colorado faces disparities in rural access to mental health services and a higher risk of depression and suicide.
Source: Westword
Jun 27, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requests comments on the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II (SNMCS-II). SNMCS-II will evaluate the cost, quality, and acceptability of school meals for states and U.S. territories. SNMCS-II will also be compared to SNMCS-I to identify trends in school meal nutrient content, costs, student dietary intake, and more. Comments are due July 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register