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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.

Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years - Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006-2012
Discusses opioid abuse, drug injecting, and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in central Appalachia, with data on HCV infection rates for four states. Includes data for rural and urban areas by gender and race/ethnicity.
Author(s): Jon E. Zibbell, Kashif Iqbal, Rajiv C. Patel, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 64(17), 453-458
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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A Rural Appalachian Faith-Placed Smoking Cessation Intervention
Describes a faith-oriented smoking cessation program comprising 590 smokers in 26 churches located in rural Appalachia. Discusses 3 themes identified by the participants' evaluation of the program including the program's ability to leverage social connections, be conveniently orientated, and to provide financial support for smoking cessation.
Author(s): Nancy E. Schoenberg, Henry E. Bundy, Jordan A. Baeker Bispo, et al.
Citation: Journal of Religion and Health, 54(2), 598-611
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
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Ethnic Differences in Associations Among Popularity, Likability, and Trajectories of Adolescents' Alcohol Use and Frequency
Highlights a study on alcohol use as it is related to social popularity by minority adolescents in rural communities. Breaks down data by grade level and frequency of use, among other factors.
Author(s): Sophia Choukas-Bradley, Matteo Giletta, Enrique W. Neblett, Mitchell J. Prinstein
Citation: Child Development, 86(2), 519-535
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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Child Health USA 2014
Collection of data on the physical, mental, and emotional health of the Nation's children. Addresses poverty, education, child care, and health service utilization and financing. Includes selected data by rural and urban residence.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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The Future of Rural Behavioral Health
Policy paper discussing the unique challenges of providing behavioral healthcare services in rural areas. Includes policy recommendations and interventions related to workforce development, reimbursement and financing, integration of care, and the use of technology in delivering behavioral healthcare.
Author(s): Will Wilson, Angela Bangs, Tammy Hatting
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs
Highlights guidelines for planning and implementing an opioid treatment program. Features information on the use of telemedicine, as well as exemptions for serving rural areas.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Rural Substance Use Treatment Centers in the United States: An Assessment of Treatment Quality by Location
Investigates the differences in treatment quality in rural and urban substance abuse treatment centers to determine if these differences are a result of structural characteristics and rurality.
Author(s): Mary Bond Edmond, Lydia Aletraris, Paul M. Roman
Citation: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 41(5), 449-457
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Behavioral Health Equity Barometer: United States, 2014
Reports on differences in prevalence of behavioral health disorders, perceptions of risk, and access to treatment for different populations. Includes information for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan residents, as well as by race/ethnicity, income level, and health insurance status.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Risk Factors for HCV Infection Among Young Adults in Rural New York Who Inject Prescription Opioid Analgesics
Details a study of hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevalence among people who inject drugs and those who misuse prescription opioid analgesics in rural New York. Analyzes cohort by age, gender, age at first injection, and use of a syringe exchange program, among others.
Author(s): Jon E. Zibbell, Rachel Hart-Malloy, John Barry, Lillian Fan, Colleen Flanigan
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 104(11), 2226-2232
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
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Building the Evaluation Capacity of Local Programs Serving American Indian/Alaska Native Populations: Lessons Learned
Describes technical assistance provided to help tribal communities develop their evaluation capacity so they could show that the substance abuse prevention programs they were undertaking were effective. Includes discussion of facilitators and challenges related to building evaluation capacity.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Last Updated: 5/13/2024