Calculating Impact

In rural areas hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, officials struggle to estimate the problem’s scope and the resources needed to alleviate it.
In a study of rural Cabell County, West Virginia, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health used an innovative survey method to estimate 1,857 people injected drugs in the last 6 months; the county’s population is 94,958. Researchers also created a toolkit for public health officials, including a calculator to estimate resources needed.
“By understanding the size and characteristics of the populations in need, rural communities can tailor response strategies and begin turning the tide on the opioid crisis,” says researcher Sean Allen.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (news release)

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