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Substance Use and Misuse in Rural Areas – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jul 5, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 10, 2022, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, updates on SAMHSA priorities, follow up on topics from the previous meeting, updates on SAMHSA priorities, and other council discussions. Registration is required to attend the meeting and those interested in making oral presentations must contact Carlos Castillo with the request by July 24, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 28, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 30, 2022, from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include an update on CSAT activities and a discussion on the behavioral health workforce. Registration for the meeting is required.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 17, 2022 - Announces $10 million in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to support medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Notes the sharp increase in fentanyl and other opioid overdoses in rural and urban areas, and offers an overview of federal responses to the issue.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 9, 2022 - Highlights a partnership between the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the University of Alabama School of Social Work, to screen and counsel patients with risky alcohol use. Notes that most studies have found that rural residence is associated with an increased likelihood of hazardous alcohol use and alcohol-related harm, and that the rural-urban disparity appears to be worsening over time.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 8, 2022 - Announces the launch of the "Next Legends" Youth E-cigarette Prevention Campaign, to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco use. Intended to educate American Indian/Alaska Native youth, ages 12-17, about the harms of vaping.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Jun 8, 2022 - Announces nearly $15 million in funding for rural communities to address psychostimulant misuse and related overdose deaths. Describes the aims of the program and the need for reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use, including opioid use, in high risk rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 6, 2022 - Describes a CDC study of county-level access to buprenorphine and methadone as treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD), finding that more than 75% of counties nationwide do not have opioid treatment programs. Focuses on access in North Carolina, noting that out of 52 counties without treatment programs, 50 are rural, with disparities in access for Black, Latino, and American Indian communities.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Jun 1, 2022 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing the modification of its organizational structure to include a new Office of Prevention Innovation (OPI). The Office of Prevention Innovation (OPI) will provide support across the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention by analyzing program data to uncover common barriers to program implementation, as well as innovative approaches, and quickly turn these into technical assistance to the field.
Source: Federal Register
May 25, 2022 - Describes the sharp increase in fentanyl overdoses on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana, noting that the opioid overdose rate for Indigenous people in Montana was twice that of White people from 2019 to 2021. Discusses issues of access to healthcare, treatment medications, and harm reduction services and efforts of the Blackfeet tribal government to address the issue.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 24, 2022 - Summarizes a study of the availability of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in rural and urban areas, noting that counties with high populations of people with disabilities or people without insurance were less likely to have access to maximum treatment capacity with buprenorphine. Presents data from the study of 3,201 counties, noting persistent barriers to access in rural areas.
Source: Healio

Last Updated: 7/5/2022