The Social Determinants of Drug Overdose and Related Despair in Rural and Small City America

Date: March 29, 2018
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Online
Contact: Rosa Soliz-McKelvey,

The Rural Health and Safety Education webinar series “Combating Opioids” is hosted by Purdue University Extension and the NCRCRD as part of a USDA/NIFA grant.*

This webinar will summarize recent trends in opioid mortality rates and related deaths of despair (e.g., other drugs, suicide, alcohol) across the U.S., highlight large differences in rates across different types of rural communities, and describe relationships between structural conditions (e.g., economic, social, infrastructural) and mortality rates. Objectives of the webinar are (1) to caution against a unilateral focus on the opioid epidemic to the detriment of ignoring other important preventable causes of mortality, (2) dispel the myth that the opioid crisis has disproportionately affected rural areas, and (3) move our focus beyond the individual-level determinants of addiction and death to a focus on the place-based nature of the opioid epidemic and deaths of despair more broadly.

Presented by: Shannon M. Monnat, Associate Professor of Sociology, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

There is no registration and no fee.  To join the webinar go to “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar. To facilitate Q&A’s participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect.

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*This work is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (grant opportunity #: USDA-NIFA-RHSE-006360)

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