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#RuralHealthChat: Opioid Use in Rural Areas

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Rural communities across America have been severely impacted by the opioid epidemic. Opioid misuse is especially high in states with large rural populations, with opioid poisonings in rural counties increasing at a higher rate than urban counties. Rural populations tend to be older and sicker and have higher rates of poverty and unemployment, which can exacerbate this issue. Rural communities and healthcare providers are struggling to address this crisis and its effects with the limited resources available to them.


  • Holly Andrilla, Research Scientist, WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, @hollyandrilla
  • John Gale, MS, Senior Research Associate, Maine Rural Health Research Center, University of Southern Maine, @JohnGaleRural
  • Nikki King, MHSA, Manager of Addictions Services, Margaret Mary Health, @NikkiKing0911
  • Nisha Patel, MA, CHES, Senior Advisor and Associate Director, and Michael Blodgett, Program Coordinator, Rural Health Opioid Program, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, @HRSAgov
  • Nicole Salvo, BS, CDCORP, Program Director, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission, @nicolesalvo7
  • Region VIII Federal Opioid Misuse Consultation Team, @HHSRegion8

We used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with expert co-hosts and special guests about opioid use in rural areas. If you’d like to see our conversation or access the many resources shared, they are all available below, via Storify.