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News by Topic: Substance use and misuse

Oct 19, 2021 - Describes research that examined the implementation of the Vermont model, a successful opioid use disorder treatment method, in remote areas of Montana. Highlights concerns related to transportation, healthcare access, and provider capacity to operate an opioid use disorder treatment program.
Source: Penn State News
Oct 19, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee (ISUDCC) on December 9, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include information on support for the mission and work of the Committee, federal advances to address challenges in substance use disorder (SUD), and non-federal advances to address challenges in SUD.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 12, 2021 - Describes the DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program, which is open to applications from Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that employ buprenorphine-waivered providers, funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Sep 24, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act Section 1003 Demonstration Evaluation and 2) Medicaid Drug Use Review (DUR) Program. Comments are due by November 23, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2021 - Reports on a 180% rise in deaths related to methamphetamine use between 2015-2019, with the highest rates of methamphetamine use disorder impacting Native American and Alaska Native communities. Discusses relationship between methamphetamine use and opioid misuse, noting the need for programs to help people with methamphetamine use disorder similar to those for opioid use disorder.
Source: NPR
Sep 21, 2021 - Announces $13.2 million in funding through the U.S. Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP) to support 106 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs in youth substance use prevention efforts. Discusses rising rates of overdoses and overdose deaths, describes the DFC Support Program, and outlines other federal initiatives to address substance misuse and opioid treatment programs.
Source: The White House
Sep 17, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on a proposed information collection to inform message development or the formative pretesting of tobacco communication messages and other materials directed at consumers. Comments are due by October 18, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 17, 2021 - Discusses how local government leaders, community partners, and stakeholders are working to improve and expand access to mental health services and substance use treatment options in rural Summit County, Colorado.
Source: SummitDaily
Sep 13, 2021 - Announces $123 million in funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide evidence-based treatment and support to people with substance use disorders (SUD), aiming to reduce fatal overdoses, which increased almost 31% in 2020. Funded state, local, and tribal-level programs include the Medication Assisted Treatment for Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) program, the Tribal Opioid Response Grants (TOR) program, the Screening, Brief, Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program, and others.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports on declining life expectancy in rural areas that also saw losses of manufacturing jobs, focusing on a rural North Carolina community. Discusses trends in deaths of despair, the connection between health and education level, and limited access to healthy foods.
Source: WFAE 90.7