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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Ending the Transmission of HIV, HCV, STDs, and Overdose in Rural Communities

Outbreaks of HIV, HCV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in rural areas of the Midwest have been associated with syringe-sharing among people who inject drugs such as heroin and other opioids (PWID). Illinois is the third highest state in percent increase in death rates involving synthetic opiates. The southernmost 16 counties of Illinois comprise the Illinois Delta Region (IDR) and share many of the characteristics of rural areas that have experienced recent HIV epidemics. In order to develop effective means of disease prevention and treatment we need a deeper understanding of the context of injection drug use in rural southern IL, including community characteristics, circumstances for high-risk injection practices, and accessibility to health-related resources. Read More >