Opioid crisis in rural areas may be tackled through telemedicine

Washington Post, 27 September 2016
Author: Shefali Luthra
“In Virginia, problems surrounding prescription opioid use far outstrip the capacity of psychiatrists and addiction specialists to treat them. But some health professionals, as well as the federal government, think technology could offer a solution — by using video chat to connect patients in need with faraway physicians who know how to treat addiction. Their telemedicine effort is part of a larger initiative to fight the opioid epidemic in hard-hit rural areas such as Appalachia.”
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