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Resources by Topic: Prescription drug misuse

Extra Episode - Rural Communities Opioid Response Program with Megan Meacham and Sarah O'Donell
Podcast episode featuring Megan Meacham and Sarah O'Donnell from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Describes the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), which aims to improve access to substance use disorder, prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural communities. Discusses examples of how RCORP grantees are effectively serving communities and tips for accessing resources to address the opioid crisis in tips for accessing resources to address the rural opioid crisis.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Impact! Communications, Inc.
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RCORP - Medication Assisted Treatment Access II Grantee Directory: 2023 Cohort
Provides contact information and initial project information for 26 initiatives funded under the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access grant program for 2023. Projects focus on establishing new MAT access points and increasing capacity for the provision of sustainable MAT services in high-risk rural communities.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, JBS International, Inc.
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RCORP - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome II Grantee Directory: 2023 Cohort
Provides contact information and initial project information for 41 initiatives funded under the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome grant program for 2023. Projects focus on reducing the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in rural communities by improving systems of care, family supports, and social determinants of health.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, JBS International, Inc.
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RCORP - Overdose Response Grantee Directory: 2023 Cohort
Provides contact information and initial project information for 47 initiatives funded under the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Overdose Response grant program for 2023. Projects focus on immediate responses to the overdose crisis in rural areas through improving access to, capacity for, and sustainability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorder.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, JBS International, Inc.
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Telemedicine Buprenorphine Initiation and Retention in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for Medicaid Enrollees
Evaluated buprenorphine treatment via telemedicine and overdose outcomes for 91,914 people in Kentucky and Ohio on Medicaid in 2020 to determine the impact of telemedicine on treatment retention and opioid-related nonfatal overdose. Includes discussion on the implications for rural residents.
Author(s): Lindsey R. Hammerslag, Aimee Mack, Redonna K. Chandler, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 6(10), e2336914
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
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National Report: Rural Substance Use Disorder Stigma and Treatment Needs
Report explores the role of stigma among rural substance use disorder (SUD) practitioners providing care to people with opioid use disorder (OUD). Bases findings on a survey of rural SUD practitioners across the country and looks specifically at their opinion of OUD patients and OUD treatment. Highlights other perceived barriers and concerns among rural practitioners.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction
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Will Availability of Over-the-Counter Narcan Increase Access?
Highlights state policies and recent research related to over-the-counter naloxone access. Includes information on the impact of rurality on access. Also discusses insurance coverage and impact of cost.
Author(s): Heather Saunders, Robin Rudowitz
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: KFF
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Indexed Age-Adjusted Mortality Rates by Geography for Oklahomans Age 25 to 64 (2016-2020)
Chart depicting mortality rates in Oklahoma for adults between 25 and 64. Compares rates between metropolitan and non-metropolitan tiers, all of Oklahoma, and the national rate for all causes of mortality, multiple chronic illnesses, cancer, stroke, suicide, opioids, and accidents. Click the full screen icon in the chart viewer to see the entire chart.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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2022 Report to Congress on the State Opioid Response Grants (SOR)
Report details the outcomes of state opioid response (SOR) grants to Congress. Highlights demographic breakdown of people served by SOR programs and discusses key accomplishments by state/territory. Includes rural references throughout.
Author(s): Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Yngvild Olsen, MD, C. Danielle Johnson Byrd
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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This Team from HHS Has Spent Five Years Taking on the Rural Crisis of Opioid Use
Podcast episode interviewing Heath Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) officials running the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). Describes starting the program, types of projects funded, program impacts, and how to apply.
Author(s): Tom Temin
Date: 09/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Federal News Network
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