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How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation
Oct 17, 2018 - Reports on the growing impact that fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are having on the opioid crisis, challenges in detecting fentanyl, and the dangers it poses due to its lethality and role in overdose outbreaks.
Source: Stateline
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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Stigma Surrounds Addiction Treatment for Pregnant People in Indian Country
Oct 16, 2018 - Discusses the issue of opioid misuse disorder among pregnant women on Native American reservations and the stigma related to seeking treatment while pregnant. The rate of drug-related deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives is nearly twice that of the general population and in 2015 they had the highest rates of death from drug overdose of any ethnicity. Also touches on efforts on reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin to address these issues.
Source: Rewire.News
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The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis
Oct 15, 2018 - Highlights the work of Dr. Rahul Gupta, a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state's chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. Discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a "social autopsy" to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources. Also touches on a contaminated water crisis in the state and on Gupta's future work, including mothers with opioid use disorder and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: 89.3 WFPL
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Reflecting on One Year of Innovation at Rural Development
Oct 12, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development. Discusses the Rural Development Innovation Center, created one year ago, and its work in rural areas related to disaster recovery, rural access to capital, data analytics, economic development, workforce development, and the opioid crisis, among other things.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog
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Compassion, Faith Drive FPOY to Help Patients, Community
Oct 11, 2018 - Will Cooke, M.D. has been named the American Academy of Family Physicians 2019 Family Physician of the Year. Provides highlights from his career, including his work with HIV/AIDS patients and how he helped his community of Austin, IN during the worst drug-related HIV outbreak in the United States.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Q&A: To Shape an Effective Response to the Opioid Crisis in Texas, You Need to Ask ‘Will It Work in Odessa?’
Oct 9, 2018 - Interview with Karen Palombo, substance use disorder (SUD) team lead in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Mental Health and Substance Use Division, discussing policy and program development in the state to address treatment for substance use disorder.
Source: National Academy for State Health Policy
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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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SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities Under Emergency Review by the Office of Management and Budget Federal Register
Oct 5, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has submitted a request for emergency OMB review of changes to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Changes include, among other things, the addition of questions about medication-assistance treatment (MAT) for opioids and alcohol and two questions related to use of kratom, an easily accessible, unregulated, opioid-like drug which is still legal in the U.S. Comments are due by October 24, 2018 and OMB approval is requested by October 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, 2018 Federal Register
Oct 4, 2018 - Presidential proclamation declaring October 2018 as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness of the potential harm caused by alcohol and drugs, including opioids, in the United States.
Source: Federal Register
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