|Gov. Peter Shumlin|
Heroin and opioids have become increasingly popular in rural areas, which lack preventive services for addiction, says the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rural areas are also ill-prepared for hepatitis C outbreaks from intravenous drug use, says CDC.
Allan Coukell, Pew’s senior director for health programs, will introduce Shumlin "and share details about Pew’s prescription drug abuse project, which works to develop and support policies that will help reduce the inappropriate use of prescription drugs while ensuring that patients with legitimate medical needs have access to effective pain management," Pew says. For more information or to register for the webcast click here.