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While the opioid crisis has captured the concern of public health officials and the public, the epidemic is not evenly distributed. Rural communities are especially hard-hit, particularly areas with a large working-class population where dim economic prospects have led to dramatic increases in so-called “deaths of despair” (Case and Deaton, 2017). These communities bear a high share of opioid-related mortality, and also suffer from limited supports to treat addiction and related problems such as mental illness and chronic pain.


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Posted with permission. This is the Author's Accepted Manuscript. The version of record can be found here: McGinnis, S. & LaPorte, T.M. (2020) Early Findings From a Tri-County Collaborative Approach to Addressing the Opioid Crisis. Behavioral Health News, 7(3), 18

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