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The Availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Pennsylvania (2019)

March 06, 2019  | Health Care and Human Services

This study assessed the barriers and opportunities that exist in expanding Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in Pennsylvania. MAT includes the use of methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone, naloxone, and naltrexone in residential, behavioral, or outpatient programs, hospitals, and jails and prisons to help individuals suffering from opioid addiction to overcome withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and potential overdose. The research found that those who seek emergency care and long-term treatment for opioids and who live in rural areas of Pennsylvania have limited access to care. Other barriers to accessing MAT services are lack of childcare and housing, lack of transportation, limited private insurance coverage, and limited funding for MAT services. Combating heroin and opioid use disorders requires an "all-in" commitment. It should continue to enforce laws and regulations enacted to provide coverage for mental health services for patients suffering from addiction and direct additional state and federal funding to support MAT services throughout Pennsylvania. 

Executive Summary

Tags:  opioid , addiction


Comparing Rural and Urban Drug Use and Violence in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (2018)

July 16, 2018  | Health Care and Human Services

Understanding youth drug use and violent behavior is an important step in reducing drug use and violence in Pennsylvania. Rural and urban areas may have different rates of drug use and violence and thus require different types of interventions. In terms of alcohol and illicit drug use, the results indicated little overall differences between urban and rural students. However, the analysis only examined the number of prevention programs in a school district and the data did not include details about individual programs operating in schools. Further research could attempt to get more school-specific details about the programs that operated in those schools.

Executive Summary

Tags:  addiction , violence , youth


Heroin: Combating this Growing Epidemic in PA - Findings Compiled from Statewide Hearings on Addiction Treatment and Recovery Services (2015)

December 17, 2015  | Health Care and Human Services

This report summarizes the testimony presented at the Center for Rural Pennsylvania's second round of statewide public hearings in July and August 2015. The hearings took a closer look at heroin and opioid addiction, specifically treatment and recovery services in Pennsylvania. These hearings were held July 21 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, July 29 at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, and August 18 at the Yorktowne Hotel in York.

Tags:  treatment and recovery , addiction , opioids , heroin , crisis


Heroin: Combating this Growing Epidemic in Pennsylvania (2014)

September 03, 2014  | Rural People and Communities

This report provides a summary of the testimony presented at a series of statewide public hearings that examined the increasing use of heroin and opioid abuse and addiction rates in rural Pennsylvania communities.

Tags:  health , overdose , epidemic , addiction , opioids , heroin

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.