Published on January 27th, 2016 | by Elaine Ding0
Visualizing Fatal Drug Poisoning in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Centers for Health Statistics has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the rising mortality rates from drug poisoning across the United States from 2002 to 2014. Using mortality data collected by a variety of state and federal health agencies, the visualization allows users to examine fatal drug poisoning rates at the national, state, and county levels and compare rates across demographics such as age, sex, race, and ethnicity. The visualization shows a clear increase in the number of drug poisoning deaths across the entire country for all demographics, caused in part by growing rates of prescription drug abuse.