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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.

Prescription Opiate Misuse among Rural Stimulant Users in a Multistate Community-based Study
Investigates factors associated with prescription opiate misuse among a stimulant-using (methamphetamine and/or cocaine) population from rural counties in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio. Factors examined include anxiety, chronic pain, other health issues, and other substance use.
Author(s): Jennifer R. Havens, William W. Stoops, Carl G. Leukefeld, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35(1), 18-23
Date: 2009
Type: Document
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Disaster Behavioral Health Resources
Offers a variety of resources for professionals working in disaster behavioral health fields. Includes the Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series Resource Center, an information series searchable by specific population and type of disaster. Also, comprises publications discussing new research and information: The Dialogue, a quarterly newsletter; SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin, a monthly journal; and SAMHSA DTAC Supplemental Research Bulletin, providing practitioners, planners, and responders a review of current published research and literature. Several tip sheets are included to help first responders, healthcare professionals, and survivors after disasters and traumatic events.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Recovery Ecosystem Index
Interactive mapping tool that provides access to county-level data on the substance use recovery ecosystem, including scores that help understand access to treatment and support, as well as infrastructure and social factors. Also Includes overdose mortality, socio-demographic, and economic data.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: East Tennessee State University, Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence (RCOE), NORC at the University of Chicago
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American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health
Provides resources and information about mental health and substance use disorder services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Highlights information on tribal behavioral healthcare coverage, substance use disorders, and provides a service locator.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network – Training and Events Calendar
Highlights a list of trainings, webinars, and other events presented by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network and regional ATTC offices. Events cover topics related to the improvement and implementation of substance use treatment. Allows users to filter events by keywords and by center, such as the National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center.
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance (RCORP-TA): Event Calendar
A calendar of events curated by the RCORP-TA Program. Includes events for RCORP grantees and others interested in learning more about issues related rural opioid use and misuse.
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance
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Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network – Training and Events Calendar
Highlights a list of trainings, webinars, and other events presented by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network and regional PTTC offices. Events cover topics related to the prevention of substance abuse.
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network
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Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series Resource Center
Resource portal provides behavioral health disaster resources. Searchable portal allows filtering by type of disaster, target audience, and resource population such as American Indians and Alaska Natives and rural populations, among other indicators.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
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Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities implement medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Training
An interactive, online training for a variety of healthcare providers with a focus on the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain based on the recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit or continuing medical education (CME) credit maybe offered upon completion of the program.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Last Updated: 11/2/2022