a deep look at the rural opioid epidemic in Illinois

The Delta Rural Health Study (DRHS) is an innovative research project developed in response to the worsening opioid crisis affecting southern rural Illinois, an area experiencing sharp and consistent deindustrialization and disinvestment dating back to the 1980s. Led by researchers from the University of Chicago and Southern Illinois University, this study gathers insights from those directly affected and from those involved in improving the health and wellbeing of residents of the region. Information obtained from the DRHS will be used to advance opioid treatment and recovery efforts in the Southern Illinois area and beyond.

This research project is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Counties of focus for this study, encompassing the southernmost 17 counties of Illinois, include: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, White, and Williamson.

The Principal Investigators of the DRHS are Mai Tuyet Pho, MD, MPH (University of Chicago) and Wiley Jenkins, PhD, MPH (Southern Illinois University)

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