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The members of the COP-RCORP Consortium hope that you and those you care about are well – in all aspects of wellness: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, financial, and environmental. To support each other during this time, we have added a compilation of COVID-19 resources to the website, please click here to access those resources.

If you are located in Ohio, to stay up to date with the latest information, please visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov

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This newly published policy brief from the Rural Health Research Center at the University of Minnesota presents findings from a comparison of opioid prescribing rates among physicians and NPs within primary care practices – using a novel database of all-payer health care claims and prescribing data.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the Unites States, mental health and addiction services professionals understand all too well the uncertainty that is taking a toll on people's mental health. Health care providers in Kentucky recently reported a 20 percent increase in calls to suicide prevention hotlines in their state, and while Ohio hasn’t yet measured a direct impact, its local mental health community is working together feverishly to build an arsenal of tools and resources to help people cope with increased fear and anxiety. Dr. Holly Raffle, Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs, leads the Programmatic Partnership for Community-Based Prevention for Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

A March 12 blog post from Dr. Nora Volkow describes how the respiratory effects of COVID-19 may be particularly affecting for individuals with substance use disorder. People who use or who have OUD already face challenges to their respiratory health since opioids act in the brainstem to slow breathing. Additionally diminished lung capacity from COVID-19 could put this population at greater risk of mortality.

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This document includes Application Guidance and Instructions for the Ohio Department of Health’s Substance Use Disorder Professional Loan Repayment Program to assists clinicians in their repayment of outstanding qualifying educational loans. SUD treatment providers providing substance use disorder treatment services to underserved populations located in selected Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), as well as in other high-burdened SUD areas of the state are eligible.

The purpose of the Guide is to arm rural leaders with information they can put into immediate action to create change. It provides background information, recommended action steps, and promising practices to help manage the impact of substance use disorder on local communities and help persons with the disease of addiction. The topics are based on lessons learned from Department of Agriculture rural roundtable discussions held in over a dozen states, as well as the experiences of several rural stakeholder partners.