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HELP FOR RH PROVIDERS
Links to information and resources helpful to Recovery Housing providers.

Guidance and resources from the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR)

How to accept new clients and mitigate staffing shortages, from the National Council for Behavioral Health

How to plan and respond to the pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

How to protect those with SUDs from stigma, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 information and resources, from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Harm reduction in the midst of a pandemic, from Viral Strategies

COVID-19 training and Technical Assistance, from SAMHSA

Up-to-date resources for dealing with COVID-19, from SAMHSA

Meet “Faces and Voices of Recovery”—a leading recovery advocacy group dedicated to overcoming stigma

The right way to wash your hands, from the New York Times

How to clean, reuse or hack a Corona-virus mask, from Today Newspaper

WEBINARS
On subjects pertinent to recovery and Recovery Housing.

A series of Webinars on suicidal behavior and substance use among youth, from SAMHSA

An ongoing series of recorded Webinars on harm reduction in corrections and other institutions, from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

University of Vermont CORA Community Rounds: SBIRT for Unhealthy Alcohol Use: What Is It and Why Use It?

RURAL ISSUES
Challenges unique to rural areas include insufficiently funded and trained healthcare providers, long-distance travel costs, greater stigma due to decreased privacy, and higher rates of SUD incidence, morbidity, overdose occurrence, and mortality.

What it’s like to be the only doctor in a rural area where 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line, by the Public Broadcasting Corporation

Kentucky leading nation in percentage of fentanyl-positive drug tests, also high in cocaine, meth and heroin, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

How the addiction crisis in rural America is overwhelming small-town jails, by Richard Oppel Jr. of the New York Times

Under COVID cloud, prisons in rural America threaten to choke rural hospitals, by L.J. Dawson of Kaiser Health News

COVID-19 epidemic severely undermines access to substance abuse help in rural America, by Liz Carey of thedailyyonder.com

New Action Guide helps rural community leaders build an effective local response to drug addiction

Kentucky Reentry Resources including numerous resource portals

And an article about the creation of the above resource involving Fletcher Group Outreach and Engagement Specialist for Kentucky Gene Detherage

PANDEMIC CHALLENGES
We don’t have to tell you how challenging the pandemic has been for those in recovery and those working to help them, but the links here explore in detail some of the most daunting challenges.

Are addiction treatment facilities prepared for the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak? by Dr. Lipi Roy in Forbes Magazine

Recovery home operators and residents alike struggle during pandemic, by Gary A. Enos in Addiction Professional, a publication of the National Conference on Addiction Disorders

How the pandemic makes it hard for treatment centers to serve, by Erica Barnett in the Huffpost

Relapses and overdoses are through the roof—how the pandemic is upping substance abuse, by Emily Jashinsky of thefederalist.com

Drug overdoses: the hidden epidemic in the pandemic, by the Public Broadcasting Corporation

Overdose incidents rising sharply around Ohio Valley during pandemic, by Aaron Payne of the Ohio Valley Resource

A pandemic’s worth of triggers are causing an increase in relapses across the country

How self-isolation, job loss, and fear of getting COVID-19 are affecting our mental health during the pandemic, a video by Angélica Casas of BBC News

How Americans’ drinking habits have changed during the pandemic, by William Brangham, PBS NewsHour

How social distancing makes it harder to stay sober, by Andrea Marks in Rolling Stone magazine

How the pandemic is complicating America’s addiction crisis, by William Brangham, PBS NewsHour

Why COVID-19 can be toxic for people in alcohol recovery, by Laura Santhanam, PBS NewsHour

Those we’ve lost – a series putting names and faces to America’s incalculable death toll, by the New York Times

PANDEMIC TRENDS
Where is the pandemic taking us and where might our society end up when it finally subsides?

Minorities three times more likely to be infected and twice as likely to die from COVID-19, by Amna Nawaz of PBS NewsHour

The ominous consequences of COVID-19 for American mental health, by the Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)

How Pandemics change history, by Isaac Chotiner of the New Yorker Magazine

Three ways to combat addiction during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Beth Connolly of the PEW Charitable Trusts

Guidance during the pandemic for those with substance use disorders, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

A list of valuable online meetings and virtual platforms, from the Fletcher Group

Why those with SUDs need to reach out precisely because they’re vulnerable to feelings of isolation and loneliness even in the best of times, by Frankie Tack of WVU Today

A CDC site regularly for updated news regarding COVID-19

A CDC site providing guidance for travelors

The science of happiness, health and well-being during COVID-19, a video y the National Institute for Health Care Management

What should we be doing with the free time given us by the pandemic? by Jesse Arnoldson, President of the Idaho Medical Group Management Association

GRAPHS, INFOGRAPHICS, AND VIDEOS
The effectiveness of your facilities and services depends in part on your ability to communicate and persuade. These graphs, Infographics, and videos may help.

Excellent graphs illustrating the rising burden of stimulant use, from the National Institute for Health Care Management

A CDC Infographic on symptoms to look out for

A CDC Infographic on how to stop the spread of germs

A Fletcher Group RCOE Infographic on how to manage pandemic-related stress

A Fletcher Group RCOEInfographic on how to talk to your children about the pandemic

A Fletcher Group RCOEInfographic showing the risks and barriers faced by those who use opioids and methamphetamines during the pandemic

Helpful Infographics illustrating how shifting populations in rural areas leave people behind, from the National Institute for Health Care Management

A CDC video of COVID-19 symptoms to look out for

UNDERSTANDING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
A historical context for how the opioid epidemic began and where we are today.

Dopesick—Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company That Addicted America, by Beth Macy

Over 100 billion pain pills saturated the nation over nine years, by Steven Rich, Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post

Understanding the opioid epidemic, by the Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS)

How the opioid epidemic evolved, by Steven Rich, Meryl Kornfield, Brittany Renee Mayes and Aaron Williams of the Washington Post

Medication versus abstinence podcast interview with Chad Husted

Meth is flooding the streets of Ohio and Kentucky again and it’s uglier than ever, by Terry DeMio of the Cincinatti Enquirer

Who is to blame for the opioid epidemic? by Brit McCandless Farmer of CBS “60 Minutes”

The rising burden of stimulant use, from The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

Rural-urban residence and mortality among three cohorts of U.S. adults, by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Katherine Ahrens of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

How painkiller pushers took over coal country—a review of the new book, “Death In Mud Lick” by Eric Eyre

STORIES
First-person accounts by those who’ve survived opioids and those who continue to struggle.

Is This Recovery? A blog by Gabrielle Szynski of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

How do people become homeless? by Jill Cowan and Marie Tae McDermott of the New York Times

A lost decade and $200,000: One dad’s crusade to save his daughters from addiction, by German Lopez of vox.com

Ryan Rogers was a 28-year-old alcoholic who entered a posh rehab facility to stop drinking; 17 days later he was dead, by John Hill of Mother Jones magazine

My Years in the Florida shuffle of drug addiction, by Colton Wooten in The New Yorker magazine

CORRUPTION
Drug addiction and the substantial monies allocated to treat it have unfortunately created immense opportunities for fraud.

She spent more than $110,000 on drug rehab and her son still died, by German Lopez of vox.com

She lost her son to addiction, then lost her house to save her daughter, by German Lopez of vox.com

Documents show that drug distributor employees emailed a parody song about ‘pillbillies,’ by Meryl Kornfield of the Washington Post

LITIGATION
Litigation battles rage across the nation relating to the supply of opioids and other drugs.

Chaotic legal infighting leaves the needs of people unmet, by Brian Mann of VPR News

Legal battles in West Virginia don’t always balance the scales, by Debbie Cenziper, Emily Corio, Kelly Hooper and Douglas Soule of the Washington Post

Three sentenced in $21 million sober homes fraud scheme, by the Associated Press

Eleven charged with treatment center insurance fraud, by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Pharmaceutical executive John Kapoor sentenced to 66 months in prison, by National Public Radio

STIGMA
By keeping people from getting support and treatment, stigma can actually kill.

Neighbor complaints prompt city commissioners to petition White House for sober housing rules clarification, by WSAZ TV in Huntington, West Virginia

Current rules and practices can preclude those on probation from getting the treatment they need, by National Public Radio

How to change the addiction conversation from problems to solutions, the trailer for the movie “Anonymous People,” by Greg Williams

An interview with Greg Williams, the maker of the movie “Anonymous People

Meet Faces and Voices of Recovery—a leading recovery advocacy group dedicated to overcoming stigma

LANGUAGE
Stigma is also embedded in language, the words we use, the way we frame discussion, and the way we talk.

Why humanizing language is important when referring to people with criminal records, by the Alliance for Higher Education In Prison

How not to say the wrong thing to health-care workers, by Pediatrician Dorothy Novick for the Washington Post

CULTURE
Cultural sensitivity allows us to respect, value, communicate and work with other those from other cultures.

The only Native American cartoonist carried in a daily mainstream newspaper joins the anti-opioid addiction campaign

The National Congress of American Indians has help for tribes fighting the opioid epidemic

White Bison offers a wide range of culturally-based resources for Native Americans and Alaska natives

INSURANCE
What happens when you fall between the cracks of a system that, at times can seem overwhelming and heartless.

Insurers spend only 1% of their total health care dollars on treatment for substance use disorders, by Patrick J. Kennedy of Stat Magazine

Her son died after insurers resisted covering drug rehab, now she’s taking them to court, by German Lopez of vox.com

WORKFORCE ADDICTION
More than 70 percent of Americans abusing illicit drugs are employed, yet workforce addiction is seldom talked about, let alone treated.

The first step in fighting workforce addiction is to talk about it, by Tom Kramer of UpNorthLive.com

How to save money and lives by focusing on addiction in the workplace, by David Green of the Grand Rapids Business Journal

New job program helps recovering addicts rebuild houses and lives

INCARCERATION
That punitive approach to drug use launched decades ago with the “War on Drugs” continues to affect incarceration capacity, funding, and practice.

America’s jail health-care crisis: 700,000 people in 3,000 jails, by Steve Coll of The New Yorker magazine

People struggling with addiction who share a lethal dose of drugs are being prosecuted as killers by Paige Williams of The New Yorker Magazine

What Corrections needs to know about COVID-19, from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Stanford research team studies spread of COVID-19 in prisons

GENDER
Among other inequities, women are at a significantly higher risk of opioid overdose than men.

Increase in female inmates linked to opioid crisis and poverty, by Renatta Signorini of TribLive.com

Women at significantly higher risk of opioid overdose compared to men, by Tracy Brawley of Oregon Health and Science University

Mothers and babies overlooked in the drug crisis, by Gaby Galvir of U.S. News and Word Report magazine

Women experience pain and opioid use disorders more acutely than men, by the Healthline Editorial Team in collaboration with HealthyWomen.org

Study says gender differences should inform opioid treatment, by Karen Brown of VPR News

Research indicates that gender-tailored treatment could ease opioid epidemic, by Elizabeth Evans, Assistant Professor in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Bisexual women veterans at higher risk for prescription opioid misuse according to a Michigan State University study, by Psychology Professor Kaston Anderson-Carpenter

Survivor of child prostitution opens up about opioid addiction and mental health, by Anne Marie Hagerty of WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina

Medication-assisted treatment shows promise for mothers and children, by Mackenzi Klemann of The Lima News of Lima, Ohio

Dog training program helps women overcome addictive behaviors, by wftv.com in Dayton, Florida

Texas funding helps pregnant and postpartum women affected by OUDs, by Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner

POLICY
Links related to drug usage and recovery as well as crucial developments that may have a long-term effect on future policy-making.

The potential effect of the pandemic on American politics and economics, by John Cassidy of The New Yorker Magazine

Change in Suboxone policy could save lives by reducing opioid use and increasing retention in treatment, from the National Academy of Medicine

The nation’s official 2020 Drug Control Strategy, from the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Could the DEA have stopped the opioid epidemic by cutting off the supply? by Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham of the Washington Post

Alcohol-related deaths continue to rise in the United States, from the National Institutes of Health

Why ‘Deaths of Despair’ may be a warning sign for America, by Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal

OUTCOMES
Reduced recidivism, increased employment, and improved well-being help SUD victims become productive, self-sufficient, law-abiding members of society. 

Eleven questions you should ask any addiction treatment facility, by German Lopez of vox.com

President meets Kentuckian who survived 13 years of addiction and 30 overdoses, by Brooke Marshall of WYMT TV

INNOVATION
The Fletcher Group is not the only organization willing to “think outside the box.” Here, you can meet others on the cutting edge of evidence-based treatments.

Five keys to innovation in substance use disorder treatment, by Sofia Noori and Dan Gebremedhin of Mobi Health News

There is a solution for the opioid epidemic, but it’s dramatically underused, by German Lopez of vox.com

Seattle has figured out how to end the War on Drugs, by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times

TELEHEALTH
Teleheath services and technology have been boosted immeasurably by the pandemic.

FCC approves sixth set of COVID-19 Telehealth program applications, from the Federal Communications Commission

Guidelines for those practicing Telehealth in Kentucky, from the Kentucky State Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Telehealth pharmacy services in Kentucky, West Virginia, Vermont, and Connecticut, from PursueCare, a provider of Telehealth treatment for opioid addiction at home

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This publication is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $10.4 million. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.