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Addressing Appalachia's Substance Abuse Crisis
Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool
The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool, developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and ARC can map overdose mortality rates against demographic data and other important economic indicators at the state and county level. maps population health indicators at the state and county level across the Region, as well as case studies of community strategies addressing opioid misuse and other health challenges.

Health Disparities Related to Opioid Misuse in Appalachia
Health Disparities Related to Opioid Misuse in Appalachia includes specific recommendations, strategies and community examples to address the issue.

As the nation's substance abuse crisis continues to disproportionately impact Appalachia, ARC is supporting efforts throughout the Region to save lives and strengthen communities by recovery ecosystems. In addition to working with Appalachia's thirteen Governors to identify investment priorities that address this issue, ARC has also:

  • Held Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions in six states between December, 2018–April, 2019. Hosted by the Governors' Offices in each state, the listening sessions focused on the impact that the substance abuse crisis is having on economic and workforce opportunities across the Region and the support services needed to help Appalachians in recovery obtain employment.

  • Invested over $9 million through the ARC's POWER initiative to strengthen the response to this epidemic specifically in our Region's coal-impacted communities.

  • Formed the ARC Substance Abuse Advisory Council to offer additional guidance and recommendations for how ARC can support the recovery ecosystem. The Council will be seated in May 2019.

  • Developed in partnership with NACo, Opioids in Appalachia: The Role of Counties in Reversing a Regional Epidemic, which offers tools and resources to be useful to Appalachian communities.

As ARC continues to identify service gaps and investment opportunities, these listening sessions build on the SUPPORT Act. The SUPPORT Act offers additional guidance to ARC to facilitate sharing of best practices about substance abuse interventions; initiate or expand programs designed to address the economic impact of the crisis; attract and retain relevant health care services, businesses, and workers; and develop relevant infrastructure, including broadband infrastructure that supports the use of telemedicine.

Other useful federal resource

Opioid Misuse in Rural America: a USDA resource tool