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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.

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States
Interactive map highlights drug overdose deaths in the United States by county. Features demographic information such as race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status, as well as economic factors such as poverty rate, unemployment rate, and accident-prone employment, among others.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: NORC at the University of Chicago, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Opioid Mapping Initiative
Presents a mapping system that allows users to locate distributors of naloxone and prescription drug drop off locations. Aims to provide open data sets to local health departments, law enforcement agencies, and communities.
Additional links: National Drug Drop-off Locations Map, National Naloxone Map
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: New America
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Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities
Provides practical steps that community and faith-based organizations can take to help address the opioid crisis. Includes information on awareness, prevention, and recovery support. Also covers community capacity building, collaboration, and federal resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center)
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Indian Health Service - Opioid Use Disorder and Pain
Discusses the use of prescription opioids and outlines proper pain management for Indian Health Services (IHS) patients and providers. Features resources for providers and tribal communities in the areas of crisis data and response, medication assisted treatment (MAT) and Tele-MAT, a Naloxone training toolkit, prevention, maternal/child health, pain management, supplemental opioid funding for IHS facilities, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Rural Opioid Educational Resources
A comprehensive list of National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health resources addressing the opioid crisis. Includes reports, webinar recordings, promising practices, training materials, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) resources. Also offers customizable posters, flyers, brochures, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program
Presents a report on the lessons learned from grant recipients of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Program grant. Features related resources, such as a webinar, training, data, and outreach materials.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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HRSA: Opioid Crisis
Features information, resources, and opportunities related to addressing the opioid crisis. Details HRSA's efforts to help combat opioid abuse, including the sharing of best practices, increasing education and training, and expanding access through health centers and the use of telehealth, among other interventions.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Drug Overdose Deaths in Appalachia
Interactive map highlights drug overdose deaths in Appalachia by county. Features demographic information such as race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status, as well as economic factors such as poverty rate, unemployment rate, and accident-prone employment, among others.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC at the University of Chicago
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Opioid Misuse in Rural America
Features information and resources pertaining to opioid misuse in rural communities. Includes USDA programs and examples of best practices.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Farm Town Strong
Website detailing information and resources to support agricultural communities affected by the opioid epidemic. Presents crisis hotlines, links to treatment centers, prevention resources, and prescription drug disposal for rural agricultural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union
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Last Updated: 10/11/2022