USDA launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic. The opioid misuse Community Assessment Tool enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census and other public information. This is aimed at helping leaders, researchers and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level. “Local leaders in small towns across our country need access to user-friendly and relevant data to help them build grassroots solutions for prevention, treatment and recovery,” said Anne Hazlett, assistant to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for Rural Development. The Community Assessment Tool is free and available to the public. It can be accessed on USDA’s Rural Opioid Misuse webpage or at opioidmisusetool.norc.org.
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