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      Is the opioid epidemic a rural issue?

      Eugen G Tarnow  March 29 2017 01:10:33 PM
      By Eugen Tarnow, Ph.D.
      Avalon Business Systems, Inc.
      http://AvalonAnalytics.com

      It was suggested to me that the opioid epidemic may concentrated in the rural areas of the US.  Interestingly, there is no correlation between Medicare opioid claims in a state and how rural the population is:

      Image:Is the opioid epidemic a rural issue?

      There is also no correlation between the rate of overdose deaths and how rural the population is:

      Image:Is the opioid epidemic a rural issue?
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