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How Ready Is Your County to Help with Addiction Recovery?

A new index is designed to assess the “recovery environment” in each U.S. county. The tool provides information on the availability of different treatment options, support systems for people in recovery, and social factors such as housing costs, transportation, and more.

Lack of Medical Specialists Increases Obstacles to Care and Worsens Patients’ Prognoses

In Shasta County, California, with vast swaths of sparsely populated land, patients who need local, specialized health care may be out of luck. That strains primary-care clinics, increases use of ERs, lengthens travel times for those who must find care in urban areas, and creates worse patient outcomes. A local response to the problem shows promise.

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