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News by Topic: The South

Opioid Marketing Unintentionally Protected Rural Black Region
Nov 6, 2018 - Discusses the noticeably lower rates of opioid overdoses in predominantly African-American communities in the rural South compared to other parts of rural America. Includes speculation that this might be because these communities were not targeted in prescription drug company marketing efforts related to opioids.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids
Oct 26, 2018 - Details a new University of Michigan study which found that older male doctors in the South and in rural Western states are prescribing high numbers of sedatives and opioids to seniors. The highest intensity prescribing was in Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, and Louisiana. The study seems to indicate that these doctors are medicating older patients' distress, but potentially contributing to the shorter life expectancy in these areas.
Source: Forbes
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GAO: Rural Hospital Closures Increasing, South Hardest Hit
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a new analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on rural hospital closures. Rural hospital closures disproportionately occurred in the South, among for-profit hospitals, and among organizations with a Medicare-dependent hospital payment designation. Just 17% of rural hospital closures were in states that expanded Medicaid as of April 2018. Also touched on efforts to address rural hospital closures.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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