Socio-Economic Issues

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10,000 pills a day to a small-town pharmacy

Kermit (pop. 400) is indicative of the opioid crisis across rural America.


Good news in rural America

There’s more to the story than poverty and disappointment. Jesus is alive and active in rural America.


West Virginia shows challenges of getting people healthier

West Virginia is basically a rural state. (It’s largest city, Charleston, is less than 50,000 in population.) What’s happening in West Virginia is what’s happening in much of rural America.


Disabled, or just desperate?

Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up.


No longer “Mayberry”: a small Ohio city fights an epidemic of self-destruction

On the streets of Chillicothe, Ohio (pop. 21,738): “Shooting heroin is like drinking beer.”


Rural America is the new “inner city”

A thought-provoking article from the Wall Street Journal is summarized here in the University of Illinois’ Farm Policy News.


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