opioid use disorder

Opioid Misuse in Rural Montana

Montana has significant challenges in reducing the effects of opioid use and misuse. In 2011, 1in 5 Montana adults reported taking an opioid pain medication in the last 12 months. A higher prevalence of prescription opioid use was reported by American Indians than by whites and by persons reporting fair or poor health than by those reporting good or excellent health. (MT DPHHS, 2013). Opioid use is affecting the young and old.
 
MSU Extension seeks to better understand local conceptions of prescription opioid use and misuse among older adults in rural Montana.  Additionally, it provides collaborative, evidence-based training on opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery.  We are partnering with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, a State Targeted Response (STR) and State Opioid Response (SOR) recipient and the Montana Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grantees to expand the capacity to address opioid use and misuse within the State. MSU Extension has a presence in all 56 counties and 7 reservations with 90 community-based field faculty who can disseminate information on opioid use and misuse. 
 

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