Rural Law Enforcement Programming
This session describes peer support programs in operation in micropolitan and rural communities; clarifies the roles of peers in each of these programs, as well as the impact peers are having; discusses key program partnerships; explains how these programs evaluate their work; and highlights the opportunities and challenges of operating peer programs in small towns and rural communities.
The presentation focuses on how to best meet your local community's needs and resources. The webinar features promising practices from rural-based peers who are using OFRs in their communities.
This presentation by John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine focused on a wide range of strategies that communities can use to combat the opioid problem. In particular, it discussed cost-effective, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have been successfully implemented in rural communities.
Partnering With Law Enforcement To Improve Health Outcomes In Rural Communities (Article: DECEMBER 2, 2020)
Rural law enforcement deserves a closer look, as several agencies and their partners are innovating across the upper Midwest, particularly in the role of the officer as first responder.
Rural Community Action Guide
The core function of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is to develop Federal drug policy and coordinate its implementation across the Federal Government. The 2019 National Drug Control Strategy (herein referred to as Strategy) sets out the President’s priorities for reducing drug use and its consequences, now and in the coming years. Importantly, in addition to reducing illicit drug availability through law enforcement and interdiction efforts, the Strategy provides strategic direction for the Federal Government’s efforts to prevent drug use before it starts, identify substance use disorder and intervene early, expand access to evidence-based treatment, and provide the ongoing recovery support Americans need to achieve and sustain recovery.
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is highly prevalent among people who are incarcerated, but medication use to treat OUD within criminal justice settings (including drug courts, jails, and prisons) is very low. Because OUD is less likely to be treated during incarceration, resulting in a period of abstinence, fatal overdose from resumed opioid use after release is common.
Correctional administrators and health care providers are on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as justice-involved individuals are disproportionately at risk of having opioid use disorder (OUD) and dying from opioid overdose. Despite the high rates of OUD among incarcerated individuals, evidence-based treatment does exist and can be successfully implemented within jails and prisons.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and specifically, the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory, is pleased to fulfill the charge of the 21st Century Cures Act and disseminate information on evidence-based practices and service delivery models to prevent substance misuse and help individuals with substance use disorders (SUD), serious mental illnesses (SMI), and serious emotional disturbances (SED) get the treatment and support that they need.
Jails are on the front lines of this epidemic, and they also are in a unique position to initiate treatment in a controlled, safe environment. Pharmacotherapy—i.e., medication-assisted treatment—is a cornerstone of best practice for recovery from substance abuse. Treatment using MAT, particularly when coupled with evidence-based behavioral therapy, improves medical and mental health outcomes and reduces relapses and recidivism.