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News stories from the past 60 days.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., On the Agency’s Continued Efforts to Promote the Safe Adoption of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Sep 20, 2017 - Statement on the opioid epidemic and the intention to promote more widespread adoption of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat people struggling with opioid use disorder from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Includes the Drug Safety Communication the FDA distributed to healthcare providers and patients that highlights the risk of serious side effects associated with combining certain MAT drugs with certain other prescription drugs.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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HHS Commits $144.1 Million in Additional Funding for Opioid Crisis
Sep 15, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $144.1 million in grants to prevent and treat opioid addiction. These grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through six grant programs: First Responders, the State Pilot Grant for Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women, Building Communities of Recovery, Improving Access to Overdose Treatment, Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and the Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Opioid Crisis Takes a Toll on Rural Older Adults
Sep 15, 2017 - Highlights the impacts of the opioid epidemic on older people living in rural areas. Those dealing with addiction face limited access to treatment, while those who are not addicted may still be affected by the diversion of community resources to address the needs of those who are. Discusses the scope of the opioid epidemic, provides an overview of access issues in rural areas that affect older adults, explains how elderly people can become addicted through valid prescriptions, and touches on some potential solutions.
Source: Next Avenue
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HRSA Awards $200 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Tackle Mental Health and Fight the Opioid Overdose Crisis
Sep 14, 2017 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it is awarding more than $200 million to 1,179 health centers and 13 rural health organizations to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. This money will be distributed to every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. 496 of the health centers receiving these awards are located in rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Indiana, Reeling from Opioid Crisis, Arms Officials with Data
Sep 14, 2017 - Highlights Indiana's online opioid database and how it's being used to combat the opioid epidemic. This database includes data on drug arrests, drug seizures, death records, pharmacy robberies, overdose-related emergency calls, and the use of naloxone. Also delves into what other states are doing with data in regards to the opioid crisis and ways that this kind of data could be used in the future.
Source: WIRED
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EOP: Notification of a Public Meeting of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission) Federal Register
Sep 11, 2017 - The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will hold its third meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The meeting will consist of statements from invited stakeholders regarding innovative pain management and prevention measures for diversion, followed by a discussion of the prepared statements. Meeting participation will be available via livestreaming.
Source: Federal Register
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National Survey Reveals the Scope of Behavioral Health Across the Nation
Sep 7, 2017 - Details the results of the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2016, there were 11.8 million people aged 12 and older who misused opioids in the past year. 11.5 million of those were misusing pain relievers rather than heroin, despite higher rates of people with heroin misuse disorder receiving treatment at a specialty facility. Even so, less than a quarter of people with an opioid use disorder received treatment at a specialty facility in the last year. Additionally, the prevalence of serious mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation has increased among young adults in recent years.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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New Mexico Files Suit Against Opioid Makers, Wholesalers
Sep 7, 2017 - The New Mexico attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against five of the nation's major opioid manufacturers, alleging that they exacerbated the state's opioid crisis by downplaying the risk of addiction, and three major wholesale distributors, asserting that they failed to adequately monitor, investigate, and report suspicious orders. This lawsuit was modeled after suits against tobacco companies in the past.
Source: McClatchy DC Bureau
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Syringe Exchange Program Aims To Slow Hepatitis C Infections In Alaska
Aug 29, 2017 - Highlights the work of a syringe exchange program in Alaska and the impacts of these types of exchange programs generally. Among Alaskans 18-29, the hepatitis C rate doubled between 2011 and 2015. In some rural areas, hepatitis C rates have increased by 490%. With only four exchange programs in the state, people in small towns often have limited access to clean syringes. Hepatitis C is also extremely expensive to treat. This exchange program could operate for nearly a year for the cost of curing one person with hepatitis C.
Source: NPR
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With Opioid Crisis, a Surge in Hepatitis C
Aug 28, 2017 - Details the spike in new hepatitis C infections as a result of the opioid epidemic and the specific challenges created by the fact that this epidemic is so prevalent in rural areas with less access to care and to syringe exchange programs.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Report Reveals That about 1 in 8 Children Lived with at Least One Parent Who Had a Past Year Substance Use Disorder
Aug 24, 2017 - According to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 1 in 8 children aged 17 and younger lived in households with at least one parent with a substance use disorder. This report, Children Living with Parents Who Have a Substance Use Disorder, found that 1 in 10 children lived in households with a parent with an alcohol use disorder while 1 in 35 lived in households with a parent with an illicit drug use disorder.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Providing a State-by-State Picture of the Nation's Opioids Crisis
Aug 23, 2017 - Blog post from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from AHRQ's Director, Gopal Khanna. Highlights a new interactive map of the United States that provides state-specific data on the opioid epidemic, including hospitalization rates and how those rates vary by demographic. This online tool includes data for 44 states and the District of Columbia.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Blog
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SAMHSA Report Shows Increase in Opioid Treatment Facilities
Aug 22, 2017 - A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Trends in the Use of Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Extended-release Naltrexone at Substance Abuse Facilities 2003-2015, found that opioid treatment programs in the United States increased 39% from 2003 to 2016.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Opioid Crisis Strains Foster Care System; Programs Aim To Keep Kids With Mom
Aug 18, 2017 - Discusses the link between the opioid epidemic and a rising number of displaced children putting pressure on an overfull foster care system. Also highlights programs in Kentucky and other states that link drug treatment with efforts to keep families together.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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New Numbers Reveal Huge Disparities in Opioid Prescribing
Aug 14, 2017 - Highlights new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the counties that distributed the highest amounts of opioid painkillers per capita. Also explores the county with the highest rate, a rural county in Virginia, and some of the potential reasons why prescription painkiller use is so high there.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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32 Churches and No Methadone Clinic: Struggling with Addiction in an Opioid ‘Treatment Desert’
Aug 10, 2017 - Details the difficulty of receiving appropriate treatment for opioid addiction in rural areas of California. Patients often have to drive or take buses long distances to reach doctors who are certified to provide Medication Assisted Treatment, leaving rural patients in "treatment deserts." This is particularly problematic for addiction treatment, because patients often have small windows of time in which they are willing to seek treatment.
Source: STAT News
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New Behavioral Health Barometers Provide In-Depth Data for All 50 States and DC
Aug 10, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the fourth edition of its Behavioral Health Barometer state reports. These reports include data on key behavioral health issues and include analyses using several demographic categories including gender, age, income level, health insurance status, and race/ethnicity.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Trump Says Opioid Crisis Is a National Emergency, Pledges More Money and Attention
Aug 10, 2017 - President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, shortly after a preliminary report from the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis described the epidemic as "September 11th every three weeks." Also details some of the ways an official declaration could free up resources to help those struggling with opioid addiction. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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Substance Use Disorders: A Foundation Sees New Opportunities And Continuing Challenges
Aug 9, 2017 - Throughout Montana, mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders (SUDs) are continual problems. One organization, the Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF), is working to improve health outcomes by supporting innovative SUD service delivery models and focusing on targeted grant making. MHCF hopes to strengthen Montana's overall behavioral health provider network, which includes Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other rural facilities.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Aug 2, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on August 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern at SAMHSA's main office in Rockville, Maryland. Topics for the meeting include a discussion with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the invisibility of American Indian/Alaska Native women, legislative updates, a follow-up discussion on the Office of Women's Health Report on Women and Opioids, and more. The meeting may be attended in person or via telephone, and pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency?
Aug 2, 2017 - In a report released this week, a White House commission recommended that President Trump declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Proponents say that this would increase resources for drug treatment, but others worry that it could lead to heightened enforcement of drug laws for those struggling with addiction, steering them into the criminal justice system rather than into treatment.
Source: NPR
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HHS: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 31, 2017 - Notice of the combined meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) four national advisory councils: the SAMHSA National Advisory Council (NAC), the Center for Mental Health Services NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment NAC; and the two SAMHSA advisory committees: the Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS), and the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC). The meeting is open to the public, may be accessed via telephone, web conference, or in person, and will be held at SAMHSA's Rockville, Maryland office on August 11, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Online pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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FDA Announces Comprehensive Regulatory Plan to Shift Trajectory of Tobacco-related Disease, Death
Jul 28, 2017 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation. This multi-year plan aims to reduce tobacco-related disease and death and to better protect children by putting nicotine addiction at the center of the agency's regulation efforts.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jul 27, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold an open meeting on August 10, 2017, to discuss the substance use prevention workforce, the changing landscape of prevention, and the latest CSAP program developments. The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern at the SAMHSA building, located in Rockville, Maryland. Pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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New Report Shows That Opioid Misuse Increases Among Older Adults
Jul 26, 2017 - A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Opioid Misuse Increases Among Older Adults, found that opioid abuse among adults aged 50 and older increased from 1.1% in 2002 to 2.0% in 2014.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Rural Minnesota Health System Tackles Opioid Epidemic
Jul 26, 2017 - Highlights the work of a rural Minnesota hospital to implement a care coordination program focused on prescription drug abuse in their community. The care team uses physicians, pharmacists, and social workers to manage prescription drug use and to address other patient concerns like behavioral health needs, homelessness, insurance, and transportation.
Source: Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine
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Last Updated: 9/21/2017