The Substance Abuse Crisis: Counties Search for Solutions (Special Issue of County News)

Title: The Substance Abuse Crisis: Counties Search for Solutions (Special Issue of County News).
Published: 2019
Journal Name: County News
February 18, 2019,
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Abstract: This special issue examines the substance abuse crisis that is impacting counties across the United States. Articles discuss: the impact of drug overdoses; the continued use of methamphetamine; the need for interagency collaboration to create process that increase access points for substance abuse treatment; efforts in Cabell County, West Virginia, to address the high opioid prescribing rates and prescription drug misuse; strategies that can be used to save lives, including the prescription of buprenophine in mental health and primary care settings and the dispensation of naloxone at those same settings; medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders; the impact of the termination of Medicaid coverage during incarceration; the benefits and challenges of needle exchange programs; the increasing pressure for counties to file lawsuits in hopes of recouping the costs they have shouldered to battle the opioid addiction epidemic; the role jails can play in breaking the cycle of opioid deaths; and resources to help with substance abuse.