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Webinar: The Rise of Opioid Use in Rural Communities – Prevalence and Strategies
Monday, May 21, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Category: Webinars

Presenter: John Gale, MS
Senior Research Associate, Population Health & Health Policy Program and Maine Rural Health Research Center, University of Southern Maine

This webinar will describe state and local efforts to promote prevention and access to treatment and analyze national data on the prevalence of opioid in rural and urban settings. We conducted interviews with state-level key informants in four states to understand the challenges and promising practices in monitoring opiate prescribing and diversion, developing prevention interventions, and developing an opioid prevention and treatment infrastructure in rural communities. To inform our choice of states and key informants, we recruited a panel of experts from federal agencies, policy centers and professional organizations to obtain their suggestions. Final selected states included North Carolina, Indiana, Vermont, and Washington. We also used data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health to examine the prevalence of non-medical use of pain relievers and heroin in the past year in rural and urban areas and the socio-demographic and economic characteristics associated with their use. Additionally, we examined perception of risk in using heroin, injection drug use practices, driving under the influence, and law enforcement involvement.

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Contact: Natalie Roy - [email protected] or Stacey Jenkins - [email protected]