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News by Topic: Substance use and misuse

Oct 27, 2023 - Describes a project that trains rural primary care providers in New Mexico on offering medication-assisted treatment to patients with opioid use disorder (MOUD). Discusses how the Project ECHO model has increased MOUD care access in rural areas.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Oct 19, 2023 - Describes a program in Nevada providing services to pregnant and postpartum women who use drugs. Recent federal funding is allowing them to expand into rural areas. Notes that rural areas have been most impacted by the opioid epidemic and also have barriers to treatment access.
Source: KFF Health News
Oct 19, 2023 - Call for experts to participate in a workshop on research needs for harm reduction strategies for people who use drugs. Areas of expertise include opioid use disorder, harm reduction strategies, drug data collection and program evaluation, drug policy, and lived experience. The deadline to submit nominations is October 25th.
Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Oct 17, 2023 - Evaluates the impact of a lack of mental healthcare providers on children in rural North Carolina, particularly for children in foster care and alongside the opioid epidemic. Discusses the projected impact of upcoming Medicaid expansion, shifting mental healthcare provision out of the emergency department, healthcare worker burnout, and health literacy.
Source: Border Belt Independent