Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 24th of March 2018 to The Sounding Line.
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 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 in the history of the US. As the map below reveals, the most affected states are West Virginia, followed by 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, more Americans are dying of drug overdoses every year than died in the entire Vietnam War.
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