The opioid epidemic is a national problem, but certain regions of the country are more impacted than others. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that there are 25 “hotspots” where the opioid crisis is specifically severe:
- West Virginia
The opioid crisis is the worst in the big cities of these states.
Additionally, according to the report “researchers found that white males ages 25 to 29 were most at risk of fatal opioid overdose followed by white males ages 30 to 34. The study also identified an increasing risk to black males ages 30 to 34.” The researchers predict that the last group will be at the greatest risk for opioid overdose in the coming years.
Jagdish Khubchandani, PhD, professor of public health at New Mexico State University gives several suggestions for improving the opioid crisis:
- Improving access to healthcare
- Recruiting and retaining mental health professionals for rural America
- Quality rehabilitation
- Improving the social determinants in these areas
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