Meth use drives overdose epidemic in rural U.S. communities


Methamphetamine remains a stubbornly prevalent illicit substance in large swaths of rural America, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and other institutions.

The findings, published today in JAMA Network Open, show that methamphetamine remains a common drug and is driving overdoses in rural communities. About four of five people who use drugs in rural areas across 10 states reported using methamphetamines in the past 30 days, according to the researchers.