Opioid Use Disorder Awareness & Education Program for Rural MT

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An estimated 36,000 Montanans misused prescription pain relievers and 6,000 had Opioid Use Disorder each year from 2017-2018 (SAMHSA, 2019).

In 2017, deaths from drug overdoses in rural areas surpassed rates in urban areasNearly 50% of opioid-related deaths in Montana are people aged45 and older.

ASSESS COMMUNITY NEEDS:

  • MSU Extension conducted a statewide online survey targeting adults ages 45 and older in rural areas of Montana.Of survey respondents:
  • 65% state that prescription opioid misuse is a problem in their community
  • 52% state they know someone who has misused prescription opioids
  • 78% said they would likely use a prescription take-back box if one was available in their community
  • 58% mentioned they would utilize a medication disposal pouch if one were made available to them
  • 72% reported they would be likely to share information about the dangers of opioid use with their age-appropriate children

MEETING COMMUNITY NEEDS SINCE 2018:

  • MSU Extension has provided Technical Assistance Training on opioid misuse to 120 people from 5 counties and 9 tribal communities, ​has ​supported five Tribal Opioid Misuse Strategic Planning sessions, and ​has gathered opioid information from six community focus group sessions. ​

MSU Extension has distributed 1,231 Deterra Medication Disposal Pouches and
over 12,000 opioid awareness and educational materials across Montana.

 

For more information on this program please visit: http://health.msuextension.org/opioid_misuse.html