‘Opioid treatment deserts’ abound, study finds

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Many neighborhoods in and around Columbus don’t have easy access to opioid recovery services, creating a barrier to treatment.

Neighborhoods without opioid treatment providers likely serve as a widespread barrier to care for those who are ready to seek help, a new study has found.

The study, led by researchers at The Ohio State University, appears today (May 12, 2021) in the journal PLOS ONE.

“The study identified clear opioid treatment deserts that undoubtedly stand in the way of access to needed care and that likely exist throughout the state and the nation.

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