Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Few and Far Away: Detoxification Services in Rural Areas

Abstract: 

Based on Working Paper #41: <i>Availability, Characteristics, and Role of Detoxification Services in Rural Areas</i>. <br></br>Findings: <li>Few rural detox providers exist; 82% of rural residents live in a county without a detox provider. <li>More than half of all rural detox providers serve a 100 mile radius. <li>Travel distances are a barrier to outpatient detox models. <li>Referral options to substance abuse treatment are limited, especially in isolated rural areas.</li>

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
December 30, 2009
URL: 
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/rural/pb41/Rural-Detox-Brief.pdf