Monnat study on factors associated with drug deaths published in AJPM

Shannon Monnat"Factors Associated With County-Level Differences in U.S. Drug-Related Mortality Rates," a study by Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study suggests that geography is far less important in explaining overdose deaths than job and family life. In the Vice article "Drug Deaths Are Highest in Regions with More Divorce and Single-Parent Families," Monnat says "Work and family are two of the most important arenas to which we assign meaning. Lacking or losing attachment to those institutions and the people in them can diminish meaning in our lives." 03/27/18