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.
Visualizing Fatal Drug Poisoning in the United States
Elaine Ding is a graduate policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. She is a graduate from the American University Washington College of Law and is currently finishing her Master of Public Administration degree. Elaine previously worked as a legal fellow for IDEATE Labs conducting legal and policy research on a wide variety of issues including education, healthcare, telecommunications, and workforce policy.
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