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Substance Use and Misuse in Rural Areas – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Sep 23, 2022 - Announces over $1.6 billion in funding to support addiction and overdose crises through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and HRSA's rural communities opioid response programs. Offers an overview of the grant programs and the scope of the investments.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 23, 2022 - Announces $104 million in funding to expand rural substance use treatment and prevention services through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). Offers an overview of 3 funded programs related to medication assisted treatment access, prevention treatment, and recovery implementation, and behavioral healthcare support.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Aug 31, 2022 - Announces $79.1 million in overdose prevention grant funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Offers an overview of the grant programs that awarded the funding, including the Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training Grants, the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs, and Medication-Assisted Treatment - Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 31, 2022 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comments on how its programs, technical assistance and training, and other resources can best address the behavioral health impacts of climate change and associated health equity considerations. SAMHSA specifically seeks input on suggested priorities, resources, partners and collaborating agencies and organizations. Comments are due by October 31, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 24, 2022 - Describes the efforts of a needle exchange program in Elko, Nevada, which uses a model developed in urban cities to offer harm reduction services in the rural community. Notes the impact of needle exchanges in curbing HIV outbreaks and the strong relationship between harm reduction services and recipients' likelihood of seeking treatment.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Aug 7, 2022 - Features the Rural New England Health Study, a program that delivers hepatitis C care to rural areas in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to people who inject drugs through a van equipped to offer medical care, blood testing, and syringe services. Describes the development of the program, its aims to demonstrate mobile drug treatment effectiveness, and the health impacts of hepatitis C.
Source: Burlington Free Press

Last Updated: 9/26/2022