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Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis.

Evidence-Based, Whole-Person Care for Pregnant People Who Have Opioid Use Disorder
Report presents care recommendations for treatment of opioid use disorder during pregnancy. Discusses the risks of opioid use during and after pregnancy and explores factors to consider when treating pregnant people. Highlights barriers for rural patients.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Opioid Utilization Dashboard
Interactive map details Medicare beneficiaries using opioids, medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and potentially dangerous combinations of other drugs with opioids by state with county-level data.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Quality Improvement Organization Program
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Effects of the Communities that Heal (CTH) Intervention on Perceived Opioid-Related Community Stigma in the HEALing Communities Study: Results of a Multi-Site, Community-Level, Cluster-Randomized Trial
Examines levels of community stigma toward naloxone use, medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and people treated for opioid use disorder (OUD), as related to different periods during the Communities that Heal (CTH) intervention. Analyzes survey data from 66 communities across 4 states by rural-urban status regarding their perceptions of OUD. Discusses implications of the intervention for rural communities addressing OUD and stigma.
Author(s): Alissa Davis, Hannah K. Knudsen, Daniel M. Walker, et al.
Citation: The Lancet Regional Health - Americas, 32
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Rural Communities Opioids Response Program (RCORP)
Highlights a review of the RCORP-TA program. Features a number of reports and briefs exploring the efficacy and perception of the technical assistance provided RCORP grantees from March, 2022 to September, 2023 by the RCORP-TA program.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Perspectives on APRN Prescribing of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder: Key Barriers Remain
Interviewed 76 healthcare and industry workers across 4 states to identify themes related to nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice regulations for medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). Topics covered include access to care, rural needs, psychiatric NPs, and the nursing model of care. Discusses policy measures and other barriers to offering care.
Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Leah Fraimow-Wong, Bethany J. Phoenix, Matthew Tierney, Joanne Spetz
Citation: Journal of Substance Use & Addiction Treatment, 157, 209215
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Stakeholder Perspectives on a Telemedicine Referral and Coordination Model To Expand Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care Clinics
Examines acceptability of utilizing an external telemedicine (TM) vendor to improve access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in rural areas. Analyzes interview data from 7 rural primary care clinics and a TM-MOUD vendor to explore themes such as logistical barriers, stigma, privacy, and access. Includes demographic data on survey respondents as well as acceptability ratings.
Author(s): Allison J. Ober, Alex R. Dopp, Sarah E. Clingan, et al.
Citation: Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment, 156, 209194
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Medicaid Coverage of Medications to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders
Report discusses access to medications for treating alcohol use disorder (AUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) via Medicaid. Highlights policies and regulations that effect access and details Medicaid coverage in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Features a discussion about rural access.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Assessment of Substance Use Disorder Stigma and Strategies for Addressing Stigma in Rural Areas
January 31, 2024 webinar recording sharing results from the National Report on Rural Substance Use Disorder Stigma and Treatment Needs and discussing strategies for addressing stigma in rural areas. Includes transcript.
Additional links: Slide Presentation
Date: 01/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction
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A Federally Qualified Health Center and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Partnership in Rural Missouri
Case study describing a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) program partnership between a Federally Qualified Health Center and a certified community behavioral health clinic in rural southwest Missouri. Covers the infrastructure of the MOUD program, staffing and services, financing, and more. Highlights challenges and successes, as well as recommendations for other health centers interested in a similar partnership.
Author(s): Ashley Jasko, Meryl Schulman
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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El Dorado Community Health Centers: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural California through Community Partnerships
Case study describing how El Dorado Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in California, works with a community coalition to address the opioid epidemic and implement a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) program. Covers the infrastructure of the MOUD program, staffing and services, financing, and more. Highlights challenges and successes, as well as recommendations for other health centers.
Author(s): Ashley Jasko, Meryl Schulman
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Last Updated: 5/2/2024