By now, readers of these pages are aware of America’s opioid crisis. Rather than lay out more disturbing statistics, this article seeks to shed light on at least one aspect of the problem.
Despite the fact that drugs have always evoked images of gritty city life, with its shooting alleys and galleries, rural Americans – per population density – are consuming more prescription opioids and, proportionately, dying in greater numbers than suburbanites and urbanites. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests four reasons why rural America is so opioid-dependent.
Why opioid abuse is so prevalent in rural areas
Here are four factors driving opioid abuse in rural America:
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About the author
Darren Fraser is a staff writer for Sovereign Health. He worked two and half years as a reporter and researcher for The Yomiuri Shimbun until they realized he did not read, speak or write Japanese and fired him. Undeterred, he channels his love of research into unearthing stories that provide hope to those dealing with addiction and mental illness. Darren loves the Montreal Canadiens hockey club and horror films and would prefer to enjoy these from the comforts of his family’s farm in Quebec. For more information about this media, contact the author at email@example.com.
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