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Substance Abuse in Rural Areas News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Opioid Crisis Affects All Americans, Rural and Urban
Jan 11, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussing the opioid epidemic and its impact in rural areas, including rapidly increasing death rates, infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and the economic costs. Also highlights efforts to address the epidemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Jan 11, 2018 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC), which is scheduled on February 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The meeting is open to the public and will include discussions on opioid use prevention, the substance use prevention workforce, and recent CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $34 Million for the Offender Reentry Program
Jan 4, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Offender Reentry Program, which expands substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery and reentry services to offenders with a SUD or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders who are returning to their communities after incarceration. Up to 16 grantees will receive up to $34 million total over the next five years.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Farm Groups Launch ‘Farm Town Strong’ Campaign to Address Rural Opioid Epidemic
Jan 3, 2018 - Announcement from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) about their efforts to address the impact of the opioid epidemic on farmers, farm workers, and farm communities. A recent survey found that less than 50% of rural Americans say that they or their friends or family have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, while 74% of farmers and farm workers say that they or their friends or family have been directly impacted.
Source: Farm Bureau
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HHS: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Federal Register
Jan 3, 2018 - Final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) making changes to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. This rule addresses the prohibition on re-disclosure notice, the circumstances under which patient identifying information may be used for the purposes of payment, healthcare operations, and audits/evaluations, and also makes minor technical corrections intended to clarify SAMHSA's regulations. Provisions of the rule, which are designed to protect patient confidentiality and more appropriately align current regulations with advances in the U.S. healthcare delivery system, take effect February 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA Finalizes Changes to Clarify Health Privacy Rules for People Who Seek Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Jan 2, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced finalized proposed changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation. These changes include additional permitted disclosures of patient information, among other things. A public meeting will be held on January 31, 2018 to obtain additional input from stakeholders.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $5.54 Million for the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
Dec 29, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant to develop comprehensive, collaborative, and evidence-based approaches to improving services for all college students, including those at risk for suicide, depression, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders and promoting help-seeking behavior and reducing stigma. These grants, totaling $5.54 million over the next three years, will likely go to 18 grantees.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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SAMHSA: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Dec 29, 2017 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC), which is scheduled on February 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The meeting is open to the public and will include consideration of minutes from the August 10, 2017, CSAT NAT meeting, the director's report, a budget update, and discussions on substance abuse disorder spending estimates and the opioid epidemic. The meeting may be accessed in person or via telephone, and pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $39.8 Million for the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Program
Dec 27, 2017 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program. This program is designed to expand the identification of and enhance the care for individuals who have or are at risk for a substance use disorder through awards totaling up to $39.8 million over the next five years.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.
Dec 21, 2017 - For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped, partly as a result of the rise in fatal opioid overdoses. Life expectancy is considered an indicator of the general well-being of a nation, and in the U.S. it has been rising steadily for decades with only occasional exceptions, like in 1993 with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This is the first time since the early 1960s that life expectancy has fallen two years in a row.
Source: NPR
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Opioid Program Grant Performance Measures, OMB No. 0906-xxxx-New Federal Register
Dec 15, 2017 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting public comments regarding their intent to collect information from grantees of the Rural Health Opioid Program, which aims to promote rural healthcare services outreach by expanding opioid-related healthcare services to rural communities. Specifically, HRSA will use the collected information to measure grantee performance and assess the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy's (FORHP) progress toward meeting set goals. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted no later than February 13, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Impact of Childhood Trauma Reaches Rural Wisconsin
Nov 30, 2017 - Focuses on a rural county in Wisconsin where rates of opioid overdoses and hospitalizations are particularly high. This county also has high rates of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Addresses the impact both of these things can have on individuals and communities and how they are exacerbated by limited access to healthcare.
Source: journal sentinel
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Opioid Crisis Affects Farmers Harder Than Their Rural Neighbors
Nov 29, 2017 - According to a poll commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, almost 75% of U.S. farmers and farm workers report being directly affected by opioid dependence, while the rural population as a whole only reports approximately 45% being directly affected. Farmers and farm workers also were more likely to report that it is easy to access opioids in their community.
Source: Bloomberg
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Updated Medicare Part D Opioid Drug Mapping Tool Unveiled
Nov 29, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated version of their interactive Medicare opioid prescribing mapping tool. This tool provides geographic comparisons of Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates and includes county-level hot spots and outliers.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Opioid, Heroin Overdoses Contributing to Rural Population Decline, USDA Says
Nov 17, 2017 - In its annual survey of rural America, Rural America at a Glance the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that population rates are decreasing in rural areas and that mortality rates of working-age adults are increasing, in part because of opioid overdoses.
Source: KUNC
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Last Updated: 1/12/2018