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Rural Opioids Project

Understanding Opioid Risks in Rural and Micropolitan Communities: Economic Restructuring, Social Disorganization, and Local Responses.

The goal of our integrated research-extension project is to identify and disseminate effective place-based strategies that reduce opioid risks and hazards in rural and micropolitan communities experiencing social disorganization due to economic and farm restructuring. Our project is a collaboration between Iowa State University, Syracuse University, and University of Iowa. This work was supported by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program (Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities), Grant # 2018-68006-27640.

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Publications and Presentations

WOI-TV - New opioid study: This Week in Iowa
Cedar Rapids Gazette - Opioid problem in Iowa shifting to heroin, synthetics, Iowa State report shows
WHO-TV - Synthetic opioids pose new concerns
Iowa Public Radio - Synthetic opioids on the rise in Iowa
Pain News Network - U.S. Facing ‘Syndemic’ of Opioid Overdoses
Boston Globe - This map shows how the opioid epidemic varies in different parts of the US
Ames Tribune - Iowa State professor finds there’s more than one opioid epidemic occurring
ISU News - Predicting, preventing spread of opioid epidemic in rural and micropolitan areas

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Publication - Rural Areas Face Higher and Distinct Risks of Serious COVID-19 Outcomes than Urban Areas
Publication - Using Census Data to Understand County-Level Differences in Opioid Mortality Rates
Publication - The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum
Presentation - Identifying Opioid-Use Mortality Clusters for Use in Drug Intelligence
Publication - Understanding the Opioid Crisis in Rural and Urban Iowa
Presentation - The Opioid Hydra: Heterogeneity in Opioid-Use Disorder Mortality and Implications for Public Health

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