Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Substance Use and Abuse in Rural Areas

Abstract: 

This chapter by Lenardson, Hartley, Gale, and Pearson, published in Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models, compares rural and urban areas and the rural continuum for prevalence of substance use and abuse, efforts to prevent substance abuse, treatment availability and accessibility, and continuing care and long term support for abstinence.  It also presents models of service delivery that address resource limitations common to rural areas.

Suggested citation: Lenardson JD, Hartley D, Gale J, Pearson KB. Substance Use and Abuse in Rural America. In: Warren JC, Smiley KB, eds. Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 2014:95-114.

Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Publish Date: 
February 24, 2014
URL: 
http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826108944#.Uwux6BCuSRs

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