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Resources by Topic: Prescription drug misuse

The University of Arizona Center for Rural Health Annual Report, FY 2020-21
Highlights the Center for Rural Health's accomplishments, and describes challenges and opportunities for improving the health of rural Arizonans in the upcoming year. Discusses the Arizona Rural Hospital Flexibility program (AzFLEX, the Arizona Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP), the Arizona First Responders Initiative, and other programs.
Author(s): Arizona Center for Rural Health
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Innovations in Native American Communities
Report highlights the efforts of tribal programs to address opioid use disorder in their communities. Presents success stories of programs providing culturally competent treatment, prevention, and recovery for American Indian and Alaska Native communities in several states.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center
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Mobile Telemedicine for Buprenorphine Treatment in Rural Populations With Opioid Use Disorder
Results of a study conducted from June-October 2020 in Caroline County, Maryland, to evaluate the implementation of an initiative to extend access to telemedicine (TM) medications for opioid use disorder to rural communities, by bringing care via a TM mobile treatment unit (TM-MTU). Features demographics and statistics on opioid use during TM-MTU treatment.
Author(s): Eric Weintraub, Chamindi Seneviratne, Jessica Anane, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(8)
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Prescription Opioid Use Among Adults With Chronic Pain: United States, 2019
Study examining prescription opioid use to treat chronic pain in adults, breaking down data from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey by pain measures and demographics, including race/ethnicity, sex, veteran status, rurality, and more. Discusses trends in the data to identify population characteristics among users of prescription opioids, and addresses risk of prescription opioid misuse.
Author(s): James M. Dahlhamer, Eric M. Connor, Jonaki Bose, Jacqueline W. Lucas, Carla E. Zelaya
Citation: National Health Statistics Reports, 162, 1-8
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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SAMHSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance and resources to help providers respond to COVID-19 while providing care and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Includes guidance specific to opioid treatment programs.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Opioid Treatment Programs: A Key Treatment System Component
Issue brief examining state and federal-level policies related to opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Offers policy recommendations to increase access to opioid treatment in rural communities and other hard-to-reach settings.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Clinical Knowledge and Trends in Physicians' Prescribing of Opioids for New Onset Back Pain, 2009-2017
Results of a study of 10,246 physicians to compare the association of clinical knowledge with opioid prescribing from the years 2009-2011 with 2015-2017, when guidelines shifted away from opioid prescribing. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by rural location.
Author(s): Bradley M. Gray, Jonathan L. Vandergrift, Weifeng Weng, Rebecca S. Lipner, Michael L. Barnett
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(7)
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
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The Co-Occurrence of HIV and Opioid Mortality in Rural and Urban America from 1999-2018
Policy brief evaluating trends in mortality from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and opioid use in rural and urban areas, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiology Research (WONDER) mortality database. Features statistics on mortality by sex, race or ethnicity, and census region, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density.
Author(s): Timothy Callaghan, Kristen Primm, Marvellous Akinlotan, et al.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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In New Mexico, Pathways Care Coordination Supports People With Opioid Use Disorder
Describes the efforts of the rural New Mexico-based Rio Arriba Health and Human Services to treat individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) through an outcomes-based chronic disease care coordination model. Discusses challenges of treating OUD in a rural frontier county, including limited transportation, housing concerns, and involvement in the criminal justice system.
Author(s): Beth Connolly, Leslie Paulson
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Midwest Initiative Seeks to Reduce Opioid Use in Rural and Tribal Communities
Profile of the Midwest Tribal Opioid Meta-Evaluation (MTOM) and the American Indian Resource and Resiliency Team (AIRRT), an Opioid Use Disorder treatment partnership serving American Indian communities in Minnesota and the Northern Plains. Describes the process of conducting a meta-evaluation and the program's activities.
Author(s): Beth Connolly, Leslie Paulson
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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