Prevalence of Opioids and the Workforce to Provide Treatment in Rural and Urban Settings

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Holly Andrilla from WWAMI, and John Gale along with Jennifer Lenardson from Maine provided an overview of their research on opioid use, workforce, and availability of treatment in rural and urban settings followed by a Q&A session.

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of opioid-related deaths driven by excessive prescribing of opioids, misuse of prescription drugs, and increased use of heroin. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has funded research at the WWAMI and the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Centers to explore the prevalence of opioids in rural and urban settings, as well as availability of workforce to provide treatment for opioid use disorder.

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