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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Illicit drug use

A Spotlight on Rural Families
Provides several articles and a webinar recording addressing rural children's health issues. Resources cover using telehealth to support breastfeeding mothers, coordinating care for rural patients, and maternal opioid use.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Children's Healthcare Quality
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Rural Communities in Crisis: A Critical Count to Save Lives During the Opioid Epidemic
A method rural communities can use to estimate the size and characteristics of the population who inject drugs. Includes a toolkit describing the approach and an online calculation tool that can be used to estimate service needs in a community related to the opioid crisis.
Additional links: Calculation Tool, Toolkit: Applying Population Estimation Methods in Rural America
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Rural Syringe Services Program
Features links for resources related to syringe services, including recommendations and reasons for establishing a syringe service program, types of programs, and examples of successful programs. Includes information on state laws in Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia allowing the establishment of syringe services programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Harm Reduction Coalition
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Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model
Overview of a CMS initiative focused on the care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid use disorder (OUD) through state-driven transformation of the delivery system. Supports coordination of clinical care and integration of other services critical for health, well-being, and recovery.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States
Interactive map highlights drug overdose deaths in the United States by county. Features demographic information such as race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status, as well as economic factors such as poverty rate, unemployment rate, and accident-prone employment, among others.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: NORC at the University of Chicago, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Opioid Mapping Initiative
Presents a mapping system that allows users to locate distributors of naloxone and prescription drug drop off locations. Aims to provide open data sets to local health departments, law enforcement agencies, and communities.
Additional links: National Drug Drop-off Locations Map, National Naloxone Map
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: New America
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Indiana Naloxone Administration Heatmap
Shows the locations of naloxone use administered and reported by emergency medical services (EMS) throughout the state of Indiana. Presents data from the past thirty days going back to the start of 2014 that can be filtered by time blocks, and weekday or weekend.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Management Performance Hub
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Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities
Provides practical steps that community and faith-based organizations can take to help address the opioid crisis. Includes information on awareness, prevention, and recovery support. Also covers community capacity building, collaboration, and federal resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center)
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Arkansas County and Regional Data
Features an interactive map with downloadable PDFs of state and county data related to mental health and substance abuse in Arkansas. Covers alcohol and tobacco use, drug arrests, marijuana, opiates and methamphetamines admissions, prescription drugs, and depression symptoms.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
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Pain and Opioid Use Disorder
Discusses the use of prescription opioids and outlines proper pain management for Indian Health Services (IHS) patients and providers. Features resources for providers and American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the areas of crisis response, medication assisted treatment (MAT), prevention, maternal/child health, pain management, supplemental opioid funding for IHS facilities, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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