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Substance Abuse in Rural Areas – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Nov 6, 2019 - Features PITAR, a community substance abuse coalition from the Potomac Highlands created to stand for prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery from addiction. The group offers support groups, Narcan trainings, and utilizes peer recovery coaches to help people struggling with substance use disorders.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Nov 1, 2019 - Announces a public meeting of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity focused on strategies to improve health equity among racial and ethnic minorities, and underrepresented and underserved populations being impacted by the opioid crisis. The meeting will be take place on November 21, 2019 and is also available via webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 30, 2019 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announces the first round of 150 grants for its Drug-Free Communities (DCF) Program. The program awards over $18 million to community coalitions to address substance use among the nation's youth.
Source: The White House
Oct 2, 2019 - The Housing Development Alliance in Hazard, Kentucky created the Hope Building program to build affordable homes and provide employment and construction training to individuals recovering from addiction. Kentucky struggles with a high opioid overdose rate and organizations like the Housing Development Alliance aim to be a part of the solution.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 26, 2019 - The Injury Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an update regarding the lung disease linked to E-cigarettes and vaping. Includes a media advisory and resources for healthcare providers and local health departments.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control
Sep 18, 2019 - Examines how states are using addiction counselors, or substance use disorder (SUD) counselors, to fill the shortage of behavioral health providers in rural areas. Discusses how states offer several paths to obtain SUD counseling credentials.
Source: National Conference of State Legislators

Last Updated: 11/6/2019