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Research Brief: Empowering Communities to Reduce Fatal Opioid Overdoses in Rural Ohio

The goal of this intervention is to reduce the number of fatal opioid overdoses within six rural Appalachian counties in southern Ohio: Athens, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Meigs, and Vinton counties. These counties have been disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis and have more than 19.9% of persons living in poverty. This intervention is designed to further develop an evidence-base of strategies that will reduce and prevent opioid overdose deaths. The goal is that this work can be replicated in additional counties with the same benefit.

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