Community Strengths and Challenges Related to Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Counties of East Tennessee

Ashlyn Schwartz, Zeruiah V. Buchanan & Laurie Meschke
Introduction: Appalachia, particularly Rural East Tennessee, has been and continues to be disproportionately impacted by opioid use disorder and its many tragic ramifications. Purpose: Community-engaged strategies can inform and support the development of relevant prevention efforts. Hence, people connected to a ten-county rural Appalachian region in East Tennessee were asked to identify and prioritize strengths and challenges related to opioid use disorder (OUD). Methods: Adult community members (n=577) completed a brief survey administered across 11...
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