Response to the Opioid Epidemic: links to information
The Mountain Plains ATTC is dedicated to getting resources to the HHS Region 8 workforce so that the region can be well-informed in current evidence-based or promising practices, especially as it relates to remote and rural concerns. Please see the following resources that maybe useful information as a behavioral health provider.
- Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis: This topic guide has been updated to include additional information on public awareness and education strategies as well as resources on training the healthcare workforce. Link to Rural Health Information Hub guide https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/topics/opioids?utm_source=racupdate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=update091119
- Pharmacists Engage with Community on Opioids: September 9, 2019 -- Features two pharmacists, Abigail Moore in Baraboo, Wisconsin and Melissa Drye of Claremont, New Hampshire on ways they are fighting the opioid epidemic in their communities. Some methods include training sessions on naloxone administration and educating the public on how to properly dispose of unwanted medications. Link to the article https://www.ashp.org/news/2019/09/06/pharmacists-engage-with-community-on-opioids
- Dismantling Buprenorphine Policy Can Provide More Comprehensive Addiction Treatment: Commentary focused on the impact buprenorphine prescribing policy has on access to opioid addiction treatment. Discusses the lack of providers waivered to prescribe buprenorphine in rural areas. Includes a map showing counties that lack providers who can prescribe medications for opioid use disorder. Link to the September 9, 2019 National Academy of Medicine article https://nam.edu/dismantling-buprenorphine-policy-can-provide-more-comprehensive-addiction-treatment/
Please contact the Mountain Plains ATTC for training and technical assistance opportunities in your area or visit the list of upcoming events by clicking https://attcnetwork.org/centers/global-attc/training-and-events-calendar?center=5