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ONDCP Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities.

Publication Date: Feb 06, 2020

ONDCP Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities.

Description: The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently released the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities which includes information, recommended action steps, and promising practices for a range of issues related to substance use disorders (SUDs) in rural America. Developed with input from a series of round-table discussions on opioid misuse hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and key partners, this comprehensive report presents strategies to strengthen the local responses to SUDs in rural communities and fresh ideas to adopt flexible, creative solutions at the local level. The Rural Community Action Guide complements the 2019 National Drug Control Strategy to provide strategic direction for the Federal Government’s efforts to prevent drug use before it starts, identify SUDs and intervene early, expand access to evidence-based treatment, and provide the ongoing recovery support Americans need to achieve and sustain recovery. This guide provides topical insights on how rural leaders can and are addressing drug use and its consequences to build strong and healthy rural communities.

The Rural Community Action Guide works with the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes information about different federal funds for rural communities affected by substance use disorders.  Learn more here and download the Guide to share with your community. 

Release date: January 31, 2020