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Substance Abuse in Rural Areas – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 14, 2020 - Appalachia has seen a rise in substance use disorder relapses as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Health officials attribute this to social distancing measures that strip recovering addicts of crucial support systems. Discusses how the pandemic takes a physical and emotional toll on those recovering from substance use disorders and describes how online forums and meeting platforms attempt to fill the support gaps.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
May 14, 2020 - For rural people with substance use disorders, it can be difficult to access behavioral health treatment, and pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic only makes it harder. With lockdowns, financial stress, isolation, and the closures of healthcare practices, rural residents lose their care and support systems.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 1, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking additional comments on the information collection request, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Evaluation. The evaluation purpose is to see if five programs aimed at increasing the access to the number of clinicians treating SUD have met their stated goals. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 27, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Expansion Grants have been awarded. The $200 million in annual funding and $250 million in emergency COVID-19 funding aim to increase access to and improve mental health services and substance use disorder treatment.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 16, 2020 - Explores the utilization of faith-based organizations as an approach to bringing substance-use disorder (SUD) treatment to rural areas. Describes a high correlation between the percentage of religious adherents by county and counties without treatment for SUDs and examines how churches can provide culturally sensitive treatment as well as community support. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: Health Affairs
Apr 13, 2020 - Features one of the leading voices on the opioid crisis in rural America, an Appalachian who created an addiction treatment program through a partnership of her hospital and local courthouse. The Courts Addiction & Drug Services (CADS) program utilizes a combination of medication-assisted treatment, group therapy, and social support services to help those with substance use disorders avoid jail and receive necessary treatment.
Source: The Atlantic

Last Updated: 5/14/2020