ONU Faculty Members Publish Paper about Opioid Abuse in Rural Regions


Ohio Northern University faculty members Ross Kauffman and Keith Durkin have taken an interdisciplinary approach to the multifaceted problem of opioid abuse in the region. The resulting paper from their research, “Impact of Emotional Distress on Prescription Opioid Abuse in a Rural Juvenile Drug Court Sample,” was published in the December 2019 edition of the Ohio Journal of Public Health.

The paper involved a study of youths in Hardin County (Ohio) between January 2010 and November 2018.

Kauffman, Ph.D., is the director of public health in ONU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and Durkin, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at Ohio Northern.