Prescription drug abuse has emerged as a major public health concern in the past decade, and rural areas of the U.S. have been particularly vulnerable. Data will be presented from a longitudinal cohort of prescription drug user in rural Appalachian Kentucky demonstrating the link between prescription drug abuse and the hepatitis C epidemic, as well as increased risk for HIV in the region.
Jennifer R. Havens, PhD, MPH
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
Department of Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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