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FRIDAY, NOV 9, 2018

USDA and ONDCP Release Rural Resource Guide to Help Local Communities Fight the Opioid Crisis

On October 30, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse. This resource guide, developed by USDA and ONDCP-led Rural Federal Opioid Interagency Working Group, can be used to help build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural areas. 

NACo serves as a member of USDA's Rural Opioid Working Group, which is currently developing a series of resources to add to USDA's Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox. The toolbox will provide a full suite of resources designed to support grassroots strategies for addressing the opioid crisis at the local level. This toolbox is completely free and available to the public and can be found on USDA's Rural Opioid Misuse Webpage. Other programs currently available on the website include the Community Assessment Tool, which helps local leaders assess the causes and impact of opioid misuse in their communities.