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RCORP - Rural Center of Excellence on SUD Prevention


Learn pages describe best practices and programs to prevent and reduce the impact of substance use and substance use disorder that have been adapted for rural communities. These pages feature resources—evidence, videos, webinars, trainings, articles, and various tools—to help rural communities select and implement practices that support their efforts and goals.  

Read an overview of our resources and programs.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Increasing Awareness to Save Lives
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, launched in July 2022, provides a fast way for people experiencing a suicidal, mental health, or substance use disorder (SUD) crisis to urgently get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This national service can be particularly important for rural communities, extending the capacity of limited and strained mental health and SUD services and suicide prevention programs to ensure more people in crisis—or family and friends concerned about someone who is—can access help.
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Resources for an Evolving Crisis: Preventing Overdose from Combined Substances
The aim of this resource page is to provide communities—including health and human services providers, individuals with substance use disorder, their families and friends, and local leaders—with convenient, evidence-based tools to use and share in addressing risks related to polysubstance use.
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Training to Address Opioid-Related Suicide Risk in Rural Communities

UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence has partnered with SafeSide Prevention to provide suicide-prevention training to rural service providers. 

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Crossing Miles to Save Lives: Touchless Naloxone Delivery in Rural Communities
In this webinar, Gloria Baciewicz and Patrick Seche of Strong Recovery and UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence discuss targeted naloxone (often known by the brand-name Narcan) distribution. They describe how to establish a program, and suggest “touchless” approaches to delivery and remote training that are helping expand access to naloxone in rural areas.