In Their Own Words

Patricia Nola Eugene Roberson, Gina Cortez, Laura H. Trull & Katherine Allison Lenger
Introduction: The opioid epidemic is ravaging people, families, and communities in Appalachia. However, limited research has examined how “everyday” people (e.g., not chronic pain patients, not medical professionals) living in these communities how opioids have impacted their lives. Objective: Identify the perception of the opioid epidemic on individuals, families, and communities from people living in region most impacted regions. Methods: Patients were recruited at Remote Area Medical clinics throughout Central and Southern Appalachia to complete...
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