Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date



rural, opioid, prevention, behavioral health, substance abuse, qualitative, Maine Rural Health Research Center, MRHRC


Little is known about what states with large rural populations are doing to combat opioid use disorders (OUD) in rural communities. This qualitative study identified rural challenges to the provision of OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services and explored promising strategies to tackle the opioid crisis in rural communities.


See full report (Working Paper #62) for further information and discussion.

Gale JA, Hansen AY, Elbaum Williamson M. Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Strategies: The Experience in Four States. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School, Maine Rural Health Research Center; February, 2017. Working Paper #62.

Funding Organization or Grant

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services