Drug Overdose Deaths Rippling Across America

In an article published by the New York Times on January 19th, Haeyoun Park and Matthew Bloch display the unsettling trends of drug overdoses in the US by geographical location.


Overall, they write that “[the] death rate from drug overdoses is climbing at a much faster pace than other causes of death, jumping to an average of 15 per 100,000 in 2014 from nine per 100,000 in 2003.”

The patterns of drug overdose death are displayed by year, showing trends over time.

“The trend is now similar to that of the human immunodeficiency virus, or H.I.V., epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said Robert Anderson, the C.D.C.’s chief of mortality statistics.

Nationally, opioids were involved in more than 61 percent of deaths from overdoses in 2014. Deaths from heroin overdoses have more than tripled since 2010 and are double the rate of deaths from cocaine.”

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