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News by Topic: Substance abuse

New Data Visualization Tool Enables In-Depth, County-by-County Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Appalachian Region
Mar 20, 2018 - NORC at the University of Chicago and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released a new Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool integrating overdose mortality rates for each Appalachian county with data on unemployment, poverty, disability, and other socioeconomic variables.
Source: Appalachian Regional Commission
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SAMHSA Directing Supplemental Funding to Three States Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis
Mar 20, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it will award additional grant funding to bolster treatment and prevention work being done through Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and West Virginia. These one year awards of $333,000 are intended to target areas of greatest need.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Rural America Comes to HRSA
Mar 15, 2018 - Highlights the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) rural grantees conference and the work of several HRSA-funded projects improving health in rural areas across the country. Includes programs addressing chronic disease, hospital readmissions, opioid treatment, and more.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country
Mar 14, 2018 - Details the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs' oversight hearing on opioid abuse in Native American communities. In 2016, Native American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 12 and older reported the highest rate of opioid misuse of all minority groups. Includes the full remarks from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as a complete testimony and video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse
Mar 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be hosting monthly roundtables from March through July on the opioid epidemic in rural areas. These regional roundtables will bring together rural partners in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maine, respectively, to address challenges and strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as how these measures can be replicated.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
Mar 6, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighting their recently released report which found that emergency department visits related to suspected opioid overdoses increased 30% in the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data collected from 45 states. Overdoses increased for men and women of all age groups and in all regions, but varies by state and by rural/urban classification.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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AHRQ Data Show Impact of Opioid Crisis at County Level
Mar 1, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an online statistical resource that provides county-level comparisons of hospitalization rates for substance use, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants, and other drugs. They've also updated their interactive online map to provide county-specific data on opioid-related hospitalizations for 32 states.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Assistant to the Secretary Anne Hazlett Statement on the White House Opioid Summit
Mar 1, 2018 - Statement from Anne Hazlett, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, praising the Trump administration for their response to the opioid epidemic, including hosting an Opioid Summit with members of the administration, affected individuals, and addiction- and recovery-focused organizations.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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Family Ties Keeps One Rural OB-GYN Practicing in Eastern NC, Despite Challenges
Mar 1, 2018 - Highlights the practice of one rural OB-GYN in North Carolina. Touches on the barriers that practices face in rural areas, including recruitment and retention, and on the specific health needs he sees in his practice, including women with substance abuse issues and chronic illnesses.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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How We Will Win the War on Opioids
Mar 1, 2018 - Blog post from the White House on the opioid epidemic and the Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis.
Source: The White House
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