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Why Is Opioid Epidemic Hitting Rural America Particularly Hard?

Now working through opiate addiction, Melissa Morris, of Sterling, Colorado, drives two hours from her rural town to receive addiction treatment. (Photo by Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media)

Prescription painkillers and heroin are fueling a rise in drug overdoses in communities across the country. And research shows some of America’s rural areas are particularly at risk for opioid addiction and abuse. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon explains why.

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Why Opioid Epidemic Is Hitting Rural America Particularly Hard

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