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Even more concerning, rural Veterans are at least 10% more likely to be prescribed three or more medications with sedative effects. Greater numbers of sedating medications don't just increase the odds of accidental death, but also suicide-related behavior.16 These Veteran-specific issues are contextualized by the national public health problem of non-medical prescription opioid abuse, which itself has disproportionately affected rural populations. Opioid abuse in rural communities has led to more deaths and a more than three times greater increase in the number of opioid poisonings compared to urban and suburban communities.17