Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 24th of March 2018 to The Sounding Line.
As we have discussed on numerous occasions here at The Sounding Line, the rapid increase in opioid overdoses from drugs like heroin and fentanyl is one of the most pressing public health emergencies to strike the US.
The following interactive map, via DataUSA.io, shows the fatal opioid drug overdose rate in every state in the US. By changing the year at the bottom of the map it is possible to see how rates have increased across the country in the past few years. As the map reveals, some of the most affected states are West Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Maine.
(If you have trouble viewing the interactive map there is a still image below)
To put the magnitude of the opioid crisis in perspective, it is estimated that 64,070 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016. That is more than the number who died in car crashes (35,092), more than were killed by AIDS at its worst in 1995 (50,628), more than homicides at their peak in 1991 (24,703), and more than all Americans killed in the entire Vietnam War (58,200). Since 2016, the problem has only gotten worse and drug overdoses have now become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.
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