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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.

Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations
Presents data on opioid-related hospitalizations for 2009-2014 and 2016. Includes national and state-level data by patient location for metropolitan and rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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U.S. Opioid Dispensing Rate Maps
A collection of maps showing retail opioid dispensing rates from 2006-2020 at the county and state level.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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HCUP Fast Stats - Opioid-Related Hospital Use
Provides access to data on opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits for rural and urban areas over a range of years. Data is available at the national and state level.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop tobacco control and prevention 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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Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop substance use disorder prevention and treatment 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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County-Level Drug Overdose Mortality in the United States, 2003-2020
Collection of data visualizations showing drug overdose rates at the national, state, and county levels. Includes urban-rural trends by state with data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool
Interactive mapping tool identifies opioid prescription rates at the state, county, and zip code level for de-identified Medicare Part D claims from 2015-2020. Also offers rural/urban opioid prescribing data, changes in prescribing rates in 1 year and 5 year increments, and hot spots and outliers in long-acting opioid prescribing.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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SAMHSA's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center
Provides culturally relevant and evidence-based training and technical assistance on mental health and substance use disorders, and suicide prevention to federally recognized tribes, other American Indian/Alaska Native communities, SAMHSA tribal grantees and other organizations that serve Indian Country.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Provides access to results for this annual survey focused on substance abuse and mental health issues. Includes information on prevalence and services. Rural-specific data is available in detailed tables that list "geographic characteristics." Data is also made available by state and for regions within states.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Mental Health First Aid
Details a public education program to assist the public in identifying, understanding, and responding to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Provides a "Find a Course" link to access mental health first aid instructors who will train residents in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Council for Mental Wellbeing
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Last Updated: 11/1/2022