“A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine looks into county-level differences in drug-related mortality rates across the United States and finds a range of socioeconomic factors that influence them, including family distress and a county’s main source of income. Drug-related mortality rates vary according to sex, ethnicity, and location across the U.S.
Although well-documented, the differences in drug-related deaths between counties were unexplored until now.
It was also unknown to what extent socioeconomic factors and access to healthcare environments contributed to such county-level differences.
So, Shannon M. Monnat, Ph.D. — an associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University in New York — set out to study the data from various national databases to better understand what drives county-level differences in drug-related deaths.”
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Source: MedicalNewsToday.com – March 27, 2018
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