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Resources by Topic: Alcohol use

Substance Use Among American Indian Youths on Reservations Compared With a National Sample of US Adolescents
Results of a study exploring substance use rates in 570 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades in 31 schools during the 2016-2017 school year. Features statistics comparing reservation-based American Indian youth with U.S. students in general, with breakdowns by type of substance use and previous 30-day prevalence of alcohol and drug use.
Author(s): Randall C. Swaim, Linda R. Stanley
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(1)
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 34 measures, as well as two supplemental measures new in 2018: suicide rate and risk of social isolation. Includes a special focus on persistent health disparities and challenges facing rural seniors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Health Impacts of Alcohol Misuse in Alaska
Report discusses the patterns of use, societal consequences, and rates of mortality, as well as the health impacts of alcohol misuse in Alaska. Provides statistics and data by public health region.
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 20(2)
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2016 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities
Reports 2016 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data describing fatal motor vehicle crashes. Provides rural versus urban statistics for fatal motor vehicle crashes by time of day, speed, alcohol use, seat belt use, and rollover crashes.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy
Presents a report on the causes, costs, and potential solutions to the drug, alcohol, and suicide crisis in the U.S. Features updated data on opioid deaths in 2015-2016, as well as projected rates of drug, alcohol, and suicide deaths for 2025.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Laura M. Segal, Anne De Biasi, Jennifer L. Mueller, Consultant Kendra May, Molly Warren
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Examining Exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among South Carolina Adults
Poster presentation examining adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among South Carolina adults by rural versus urban residence, adult physical and mental health status, and alcohol use. Includes statistics on ACE exposure by poor physical health, mental distress, and gender. Covers public policy and program applications.
Author(s): Elizabeth Radcliff, Elizabeth Crouch, Melissa Strompolis
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012-2015
Reports on racial/ethnic health disparities among rural residents. Includes data by race/ethnicity for health-related quality of life, healthcare access and use, chronic health conditions, and health-related behaviors. Based on data from the 2012–2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Author(s): Cara V. James, Ramal Moonesinghe, Shondelle M. Wilson-Frederick, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(23), 1-9
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables
Provides data on use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, trends in substance use disorder and mental health, and access to treatment for youth 12-17 and adults. Features statistics for a variety of demographic and geographic characteristics.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
Presents mortality data on overdoses, suicides, and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis among people ages 15-64, from the 2015 Multiple Cause of Death database. Features statistics with breakdowns by region, Appalachian state, gender, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan location.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, Topher Hoffmann
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Reducing Rural Opioid Overdoses Webinar Recording
Webinar recording discusses the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) Report on Lessons from Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Recipients. Features presentations by FORHP Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) grantees: MaineGeneral Medical Center in Maine and Project Renew in West Virginia.
Additional links: MaineGeneral Webinar Slides, Project Renew Webinar Slides
Date: 06/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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