HRSA Awards $200 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Tackle Mental Health and Fight the Opioid Overdose Crisis

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it is awarding more than $200 million to 1,179 health centers and 13 rural health organizations to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. This money will be distributed to every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. 498 of the health centers receiving these awards are located in rural communities.
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Source: Substance Abuse - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
As the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects spread, concerns about mental health impacts continue to grow. For example, we worry for health and human services professionals whose duties involve higher risk for trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress. Reports of global increases in family violence also suggest that there will be many violence victims and witnesses in need of mental health support. Add to this the potential effects of social isolation, health-related anxiety, and that these mental health problems may persist and worsen long after society goes back to “normal.” And this is all happening as...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Stress Suicide coronavirus COVID-19 Depression pandemic Task sharing Source Type: blogs
In New Mexico, drug overdose rates have been among the highest in the nation for the past two decades, with 332 overdose deaths involving opioids in 2017. While interventions aimed at enhancing distribution and uptake of take-home naloxone (THN) have identified people who use opioids as viable candidates, there exists a gap in applying these findings to underserved, ethnic minority women.
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
This study sought to address these potential concerns in a naturalistic setting.
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
The US is experiencing a complex substance abuse crisis. Not only has opioid overdose mortality increased sharply, by 400  percent from 1999 to 2017, but opioid use during pregnancy contributed to a 300 percent increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NA...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news
Medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is an important approach to address the opioid crisis, but rural areas have limited access to MOUD. In 2016, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) became eligible to prescribe buprenorphine. Local and state stakeholders in Colorado, including clinicians, policymakers, law enforcement, and patient advocates, formed a collaborative to develop legislative policy and programs for the opioid epidemic. A pilot MOUD program was developed in 2017 to increase the number of NPs and PAs providing MOUD and to increase access to MOUD in 2 counties with high opioid overdose rates.
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Substance Abuse - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
Non-medical use of both opioids and sedatives increases risk of overdose or accident. The purpose of the present study was to describe rates of co-use, to examine baseline characteristics and psychiatric conditions potentially associated with meeting criteria for co-occurring opioid use disorder and sedative use disorder, and to examine whether these relationships varied by gender. Participants were 330 individuals from the NESARC-III who met criteria for current opioid use disorder. Gender-stratified logistic regression analyses, accounting for the survey design, were used to identify psychiatric conditions associated wit...
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
Dental patients who experience comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions present an elevated risk of medication misuse, abuse, substance use disorders, and overdose. The authors review the role of notable comorbidities in predicting the development of substance use disorder, including medical, psychiatric, and other psychosocial factors that can be assessed in general dental practice. Psychiatric disorders commonly cooccur with substance abuse, and these typically include anxiety disorders, mood disorders (major depression, bipolar), posttraumatic stress, as well as sleep and eating disorders. Medical disorders commonly ...
Source: Dental Clinics of North America - Category: Dentistry Authors: Source Type: research
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