Opioids and Rural America

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Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a list of federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural areas. Check out this guide to find a variety of resources across the country, ranging from education to prevention to health and wellness.

Life in Rural America

In rural communities across America, feelings of optimism for the future are tempered by concerns about opioid addiction and economic challenges. This report produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health summarizes the results of a survey of rural adults living in the U.S. The report includes survey response data and statistics on a variety of topics such as: drug addiction or abuse and opioids; the economy; health conditions; suicide; and more. 

The AHRQ’s Implementing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care: Environmental Scan

This report by the Agency for Health Research and Quality highlights characteristics of effective MAT practices and identifies three models of care for implementing MAT services in rural primary care settings. It also describes the barriers that may limit access to MAT services in rural primary care settings, including those related to workforce, stigma, logistics, financing, and policy.

A Rural Community Decided to Treat Its Opioid Problem Like a Natural Disaster

This NPR article talks about the unique perspective and approach of Washington’s Snohomish County towards the opioid crisis. Inspired by their experience with responding to the 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, this county is the first in the country to respond to the crisis like a natural disaster.

What’s MAT Got to Do with It? Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural America

Featured in the Rural Monitor, this article provides an overview and history of Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT). The article discusses the benefits of MAT, an overview of who has prescription rights, and previews of MAT work being done in rural locations across the country.