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Substance Use and Misuse in Rural Areas – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Substance Use and Misuse in Rural Areas.

Family-centered Program Deters Substance Use, Conduct Problems, and Depressive Symptoms in Black Adolescents
Demonstrates how a family-centered preventive intervention, the Strong African American Families–Teen (SAAF–T) program can reduce behavior problems, substance use, and symptoms of depression among black adolescents living in rural Georgia. Data was collected from 502 Black families randomly assigned to either a controlled condition or the SAAF-T program. Adolescents, ages 16 and 17 years, self-reported problem behaviors, substance use, and depression over a period of 22 months.
Author(s): Gene H. Brody, Yi-fu Chen, Steven M. Kogan, et al.
Citation: Pediatrics, 129(1) 108-115
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
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Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
Provides tools and resources for high schools, school districts, and their partners to design and implement strategies to prevent suicide. Promote behavioral and mental health among students with a special focus on American Indian students and other minority student populations in rural and urban areas.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General
Addresses the prevalence, causes, effects, and implications of tobacco use by young people in rural and urban areas. Describes factors that lead youth and young adults to start using tobacco and the impact their choice has on the nation, communities, families, and individuals. Identifies proven, effective strategies that have potential to reduce tobacco use.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Smoke-Free Policies at Home, Church, and Work: Smoking Levels and Recent Quit Attempts Among a Southeastern Rural Population, 2007
Examines the effect of smoke-free policies and social support for quitting smoking in the home, at church, and at work for rural African American and White people in 4 Georgia counties.
Author(s): Carla Berg, Deanne W. Swan, Michelle C. Kegler, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 9
Date: 12/2011
Type: Document
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Assessment of Awareness of Connectedness as a Culturally-Based Protective Factor for Alaska Native Youth
Describes development of the Awareness of Connectedness Scale, a quantitative scale tested with 284 Alaska Native youth to assess risk, resiliency, and change, based on cultural concepts of disorder, wellness, and healing.
Author(s): Nathaniel V. Mohatt, Carlotta C. Ting Fok, Rebekah Burket, David Henry, James Allen
Citation: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(4), 444–455
Date: 10/2011
Type: Document
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Rural Drug Users: Factors Associated with Substance Abuse Treatment Utilization
Reports on a three-state study that compares rural drug users' substance abuse history and substance abuse treatment utilization patterns to determine if there is an association between substance abuse treatment, or the underutilization of treatment, and other health problems.
Author(s): Carrie B. Oser, Carl G. Leukefeld, Michele Staton-Tindall, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55(4), 567-586
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
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Individual and Network Factors Associated with Non-fatal Overdose among Rural Appalachian Drug Users
Presents a study on the prevalence of non-fatal prescription drug overdoses in rural Appalachian Kentucky. Breaks down data by whether the overdose was experienced or witnessed, injection drug use, and lifetime drug use, among other factors.
Author(s): Jennifer R. Havens, Carrie B. Oser, Hannah K. Knudsen, et al.
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 115(1-2), 107-112
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
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Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use in a Nationally Representative Sample of Adolescents: Evidence of Greater Use Among Rural Adolescents
Analyzes a sample of adolescents aged 12 to 17 to determine if rural residence is linked with nonmedical prescription drug use and the factors related to nonmedical prescription drug use.
Author(s): Jennifer R. Havens, April M. Young, Christopher E. Havens
Citation: JAMA Pediatrics, 165(3), 250-255
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
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Distance Traveled and Cross-state Commuting to Opioid Treatment Programs in the United States
Presents a study on commuting distance of patients in opioid treatment programs (OTP). Analyzes data collected from 23,141 methadone patients enrolled in 84 OTP centers across the U.S. from 2005-2009.
Author(s): Andrew Rosenblum, Charles M. Cleland, Chunki Fong, et al.
Citation: Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2011, 948789
Date: 2011
Type: Document
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Availability, Characteristics, and Role of Detoxification Services in Rural Areas
Reports on rural detoxification (detox) providers, including their characteristics, access issues, and geographic distribution. Based on data from a national inventory of facilities providing substance abuse treatment services.
Additional links: Policy Brief: Few and Far Away: Detoxification Services in Rural Areas
Author(s): Jennifer D. Lenardson, Melanie M. Race, John A. Gale
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Last Updated: 1/3/2023