HRSA Brief: Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse

"Nonmedical prescription opioid misuse is a fast growing public health problem and primary cause of unintentional deaths nationwide, particularly in many rural areas of the country.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyday 44 people die of a prescription drug related overdose.1 The opioid crisis is multifaceted and affects communities nationwide. When the costs are calculated they exceed $55 billion annually."

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In a policy brief from July 2016 titled "Families in Crisis," the HRSA stated that the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Health Services "is concerned that the opioid crisis could exacerbate child abuse and neglect given that we're seeing a link nationally. State child welfare systems have reported that they are experiencing an increase in families coming to their attention with substance use problems impacting their ability to safely parent."

Report: 1 Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse: https://www.hrsa.gov/advisorycommittees/rural/publications/opioidabuse.pdf

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