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News stories from the past 60 days.

USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas
Nov 6, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $200 million to expand broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved rural communities. These awards, financed through the USDA's Telecommunications Program, will fund projects in West Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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Fentanyl Involved in over Half of Opioid Overdose Deaths in 10 States
Oct 27, 2017 - According to new data published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release, over half of the people who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 in 10 states tested positive for fentanyl. Researchers examined opioid overdose deaths from July 1 to December 31 in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Another Outbreak Related to the Nation’s Opioid Crisis: Hepatitis C
Oct 17, 2017 - Details the increased rates of Hepatitis C and how they correlate to the opioid epidemic by looking at West Virginia, which has the highest rates of overdose deaths and new hepatitis B and C infections in the country. Because those infected with hepatitis often do not display symptoms immediately, the disease can go untreated for years, leading eventually to end-stage liver disease. This is one among many diseases that are rising in the midst of the opioid epidemic, and although there is a treatment for it, for many it is not affordable. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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On Back Roads Of Appalachia’s Coal Country, Mental Health Services Are As Rare As Jobs
Oct 17, 2017 - Highlights the difficulty of accessing mental healthcare in rural West Virginia. Residents are faced with barriers like few providers, long wait times, distance, and limited access to vehicles. With the local economy struggling, common mental health ailments like anxiety and depression can be exacerbated. This is particularly concerning because the region has high suicide rates and because lack of mental healthcare can contribute to other health issues.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Last Updated: 11/7/2017