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Survey finds opioid prescriptions more common in rural counties

January 17, 2019 06:53 PM

A new Centers for Disease Control report shows Americans living in rural counties are more likely to be prescribed opioids.

Researchers studied over 30,000 doctors over a three-year period. People living in rural counties were nearly 90-percent more likely to be prescribed an opioid than those in more urban areas.

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Of the 15 counties with the highest opioid prescriptions, only one was not rural.

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