There is a lot of evidence to support claims that rural residents are on average less healthy than urban residents. This health disparity stems from lack of money, access, education, and resources required to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Controlled prescription drug (CPD) abuse is a major concern nationwide. According to a statement released by the FDA in 2014, more than 16 thousand deaths per year can be attributed to CPD abuse. Fortunately, awareness has been raised on the issue, and it is being addressed at many different levels: