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News by Topic: Substance use and misuse

May 12, 2024 - Reports on the 2,000-member Mi'kmaq Nation's efforts to use sweat lodges as a cultural element to complement addiction counseling and medications already provided by the tribe's health department. The project was partially funded by pharmaceutical companies that were accused of exacerbating the overdose crisis among Native Americans.
Source: National Public Radio
May 8, 2024 - Explores complex barriers to substance abuse treatment for residents of rural west Texas. Discusses challenges faced by law enforcement and the court system due to a shortage of local recovery resources.
Source: The Big Bend Sentinel
May 3, 2024 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing the formation of the Substance Use Prevention Workforce subcommittee within the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC). The subcommittee is expected to exist for approximately one year and hold virtual meetings monthly. Information about CSAP NAC, including future public meetings and a roster of Council members, can be accessed on the CSAP NAC website.
Source: Federal Register
May 2, 2024 - Spotlights a partnership in between EMS and a non-profit recovery center in Bennington, Vermont. Describes the creation of an email-based referral system, harm reduction strategies, and steps taken to ensure patient confidentiality.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 2, 2024 - Outlines new opioid response funding available to states, territories, and tribes. Describes major goals of the investment, including expanded access to overdose reversal medication and recovery programs for youth and young adults.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Apr 30, 2024 - Summarizes the proceedings of the Alaska Association of Student Government Spring Conference, held in the remote community of Utqiagvik. Highlights student resolutions, including support for Naloxone training and increased mental health resources in rural schools.
Source: The Arctic Sounder
Apr 26, 2024 - Describes the changes to substance use disorder (SUD) confidentiality regulations under 42 CFR Part 2 and the impact of the rule change on rural healthcare providers. Discusses services offered by Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Apr 23, 2024 - Announces the 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (National Strategy) and the associated Federal Action Plan, a plan developed by 10 federal departments. The National Strategy offers recommendations for addressing needs for at-risk populations. Highlights suicide rate disparities for various race and ethnicities. Includes links to the National Strategy, the Federal Action Plan, and other resources for mental healthcare access and substance abuse services.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Apr 22, 2024 - Describes the role community health workers play in re-entry for recently incarcerated rural Utah residents. Discusses the role of addiction in incarceration and how the program is funded.
Source: KFF Health News, CBS News
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