The Rise of Opioid Use Across the United States

OPIOIDS

As the opioid epidemic continues to spread in the United States, it’s important to take a closer look at where and why it is happening. Although drug use in most major cities has decreased over the years, substance abuse has become the primary cause of death and injury in rural areas. Today, over 90% of all opiate and heroin users in the United States live outside the city. Some major factors affecting these areas include a higher supply of painkillers, close informal networks, easier access to drugs, poverty and lack of employment, and fewer resources for addiction help.

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Addiction

Alcohol

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Opioids

Overdose

Suburbs

Teens

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