Rural poverty and the opioid epidemic

A recent study points to the growing health disparity between the rich and the poor, relatively healthy big cities and relatively sickly rural areas, with premature death growing especially among early middle-aged rural white women.  A link in Politico emphasizes that the author of the study points out the part of the USA with poor health is the same as the part of the USA with the worst opioid problems.

“David M. Cutler, a Harvard economist and an author of the paper, calls it the ‘drug overdose belt,’because the area matches in part a map of where the nation’s opioid epidemic is concentrated.” With charts of “Where the Poor Live the Longest” and ” Where the Poor Live the Shortest,” each broken down by men and women http://nyti.ms/22o2Egl

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