HRSA Takes on Rural Substance Misuse

After somberly recounting overdose deaths in his own family, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan delivered a moving appreciation of local community leaders and clinicians for quickly responding to a set of HRSA initiatives that have brought care and treatment to small town rural America where once there was none.

Starting in 2015 with fewer than 20 grantees distributing Narcan overdose-reversal kits in remote towns, HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has grown its recovery effort into the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. It now involves nearly 250 grantees with counselors and outreach workers in 1,000 communities in 47 states.

Read more about HRSA’s efforts to take on rural substance misuse.