A Look at Substance Abuse in Rural Areas
|July 5, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Drug and Alcohol, Health, Program Model, Research||
Rural areas, while offering residents many appealing benefits, face unique cultural, logistical and economic challenges in the provision of health services to a disperse population. With approximately one fifth of this country’s population living in rural areas, it is imperative to continue research on and programming specific to the needs of rural America.
According to a 2007 brief from the Maine Rural Health Research Center, youth in rural areas are more likely to participate in heavy or binge drinking and driving under the influence than urban youth. They also have a higher rate of methamphetamine and Oxycontin use. Unfortunately, according to a 2009 brief from the Center, there are only 235 detoxification service providers in all of rural America. Even in regions that have a detox center, geographical distance, financial hardship or a lengthy wait list may impede access to services.
The substance abuse segment of the Rural Healthy People 2010 report by the
Southwest Rural Health Research Center at the Texas A&M Health Science Center takes a closer look at the scope of the problem of substance abuse in non-urban areas as well as various program models that address this critical health issue.