Webinar: More than opioids—the social determinants of drug overdose and related despair in rural and small city America

In this webinar, hosted by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Shannon Monnatt (Syracuse University) will summarize recent trends in opioid mortality rates and related deaths of despair (e.g., other drugs, suicide, alcohol) across the U.S. Monnatt will highlight large differences in rates across different types of rural communities, and will describe relationships between structural conditions (e.g., economic, social, infrastructural) and mortality rates.

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March 29, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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Objectives of the webinar are (1) to caution against a unilateral focus on the opioid epidemic to the detriment of ignoring other important preventable causes of mortality, (2) dispel the myth that the opioid crisis has disproportionately affected rural areas, and (3) move our focus beyond the individual-level determinants of addiction and death to a focus on the place-based nature of the opioid epidemic and deaths of despair more broadly.

Presented by:
Shannon M. Monnat , Associate Professor of Sociology, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

This webinar is part of the Rural Health and Safety Education: Combating Opioids Webinar Series, co-organized by Perdue University Extension and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. For more information, visit: