During the COVID-19 pandemic, rural Appalachia is at great risk of unforeseen side effects including increased mortality from substance use disorders (SUDs). People living with SUDs are at increased risk for both exposure to and poor outcomes from COVID infection. The economic impacts of COVID-19 must also be considered. As rural Appalachia combats the substance use crisis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the geographic economic, health and social inequities within our region must be considered. As a national recovery is sought, we should reimagine federal policies that center the economic and public health of rural Appalachia addressing the two crises.
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Miller M, Rollston R, Beatty KE, Meit M. Rural Appalachia battling the intersection of two crises: COVID-19 and substance-use disorders. J Appalach Health 2020;2(4):86–91. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0204.10