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Infant Death Rates Are Higher in Rural America - but Not for All Causes
Feb 16, 2018 - Details the results of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics on the five leading causes of infant death and how these mortality rates vary in rural and urban areas. Although rural infant deaths have been higher for some time, this is the first breakdown by causes, and reveals that for the most recent data, rural rates were only higher for three of these five causes.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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Rapid Rise In NC Police Carrying Opioid Overdose Kits In All But Rural Counties
Jan 28, 2018 - Discusses the increase in North Carolina law enforcement agencies carrying naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. Despite significant increase, many of the North Carolina agencies that aren't carrying naloxone are in rural counties with higher per-capita overdose death rates than the state's major metro areas.
Source: WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio
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Opioid Crisis Affects All Americans, Rural and Urban
Jan 11, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussing the opioid epidemic and its impact in rural areas, including rapidly increasing death rates, infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and the economic costs. Also highlights efforts to address the epidemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog
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