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Naloxone Funding Assistance: FR-CARA

Preliminary statistics reported by the New York Times indicate that drug overdoses may have caused over 59,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2016, which now make them the leading cause of death for those under 50. As death rates rise, so does the price of the opioid reversal drugs. Naloxone is 4,000 percent more expensive since its debut in 1971, doubling in price in just the last few years. This limits local governments' ability to purchase it in response to the epidemic. One potential source of funding may come from the First Responders: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR-CARA) whose purpose is to help put more opioid antidotes in the hands of first responders and others who are in a position to provide emergency treatment for overdose prevention.

Telemedicine, Technology, and Distance Learning:   The DLT Grant Program

Rural medicine is facing a crisis! Declining populations, a high percentage of uninsured persons, the lack of physicians, and huge travel times for both patients and their doctors all make it harder for residents of rural areas to obtain the medical care they need. One study found that elderly cancer survivors who lived in rural areas were 66% more likely to skip medical care than those in more urban settings, even though both groups had health insurance. It is speculated the hardships and expenses related to travel may be one reason why. Can telemedicine offer solutions to this dilemma? One objective of the Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program to increase rural residents access to healthcare via technology, along with funding general distance learning opportunities as well.

Grants for Rural Hospitals: Expanding Outreach

According to the National Rural Health Association, more than 75 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, with 673 at risk of meeting the same fate. That could leave up to 11.7 million people with no where to turn. Not only will patients be in jeopardy, but regional economies may suffer as well. These facilities provide a livelihood for community members. Their absence will not only result in direct job loss, but potential employers may be reluctant to relocate to areas without adequate health care. This is a pressing dilemma for local governments, as many rural hospitals are run by government entities, particularly counties. While far from a complete solution to the problem, MultiPlan, Inc. is offering Rural Health Outreach grants to help hospitals offer new services and/or reach new populations.

CARA and the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

According to the New York Times, there were so many fatalities from opioids in Montgomery County, Ohio, this month, the coroner ran out of morgue space and had to prevail upon a local funeral home for assistance with temporary storage. In order to stem the 91 deaths per day we are experiencing as a result of this crisis, last summer the government enacted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The first major legislation to address addiction in forty years, anti-drug coalitions laud CARA for addressing the six pillars needed for effective response to this crisis: prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal.

The Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

With bipartisan support, the Second Chance Act (SCA) was signed into law on April 9, 2008, providing grants to help improve outcomes for people returning from incarceration. Since its inception, more than 700 awards have been made to help lower recidivism rates and improve community safety. Currently, there are eight programs funded under SCA, including the Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders, which will provide approximately $650,000 for up to eight awards for programs to help those with co-occuring conditions seek the treatment they need for successful reentry.

The Drug-Free Community Support Program

Every single day, approximately 3,700 youth between the ages of 12 and 17
experiment with drugs for the first time. Nineteen percent of high school students admit to binge drinking or consuming five or more drinks in a row. Perhaps most chilling are the recent headlines proclaiming more Americans are now dying from drug overdoses than motor vehicle accidents or gun violence. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a department within U.S. Health and Human Services, offers the Drug-Free Communities Support Program to help counteract this disturbing trend.

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) Access to Care Grants

Did you know that  smiling can reduce stress and social anxiety, strengthen your immune system and improve the mood of those around you? There are even studies that suggest when we smile we appear to be more approachable, trustworthy and attractive. An important social asset, smiling should never be taken for granted. Sadly, tooth decay is still the most common childhood disease and hundreds of thousands of children are not able to visit the dentist because of their parents' inability to pay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry via its Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Grant has set out to change that to ensure a future full of smiles.

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