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Opioids, Rural America and Broadband
It’s hard to pick up a news source these days without seeing a reference to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths here in our country. In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. That number translates to 197 people a day. That counts as a national tragedy and epidemic for sure particularly since an overwhelming majority of these overdose deaths involve an opioid. Rural America can be particularly hard hit given the lack of some support networks that are sometimes easier to find in an urban setting.
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