A State Policy Option to Expanding Methadone: Utilize Federally Qualified Health Centers

In 2019, the state of Ohio passed legislation that allowed for alternative treatment settings for methadone delivery, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), prisons, jails and county health departments. The Recovery Research Institute prepared this plain language summary of a peer-reviewed study that looked at the effect implementation of the Ohio policy would have on expanding access to treatment. Continue reading

Situating the Continuum of Overdose Risk in the Social Determinants of Health: A New Conceptual Framework

This article presents a new conceptual framework for understanding the opioid crisis by describing factors that escalate risk for drug use, addiction, and overdose and proposes six policy strategies to address the epidemic’s root causes and deescalate risk. The framework promotes a comprehensive approach that recognizes the social determinants of health and shifts public policy from punishment to a public health approach. Continue reading

National Drug Control Strategy (2020)

The 2020 National Drug Control Strategy from the Executive Office of the President of the United States describes 9 goals targeting 3 focus areas: prevention; treatment and recovery; and reducing the availability of illicit drugs in America. Continue reading

Rural Community Toolbox Fact Sheet

This 2-page fact sheet details the Rural Community Toolbox produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This fact sheet explains the resources included in the toolbox and explains the toolbox development process. Continue reading