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CDC Reports Rising Rates of Drug Overdose Deaths in Rural Areas

Source
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Date
Oct 19, 2017
Summary
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that found that rates of drug overdose deaths are rising in rural areas, surpassing rates in urban areas, despite a lower percentage of rural people reporting illicit drug use. This report, Illicit Drug Use, Illicit Drug Use Disorders, and Drug Overdose Deaths in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas — United States, also found that the percentage of people reporting past-month use of illicit drugs has declined for youth aged 12-17 and increased substantially for other age groups.
Tagged as
Health disparities · Illicit drug use · Prescription drug abuse · Statistics and data