The New York Times has created a data visualization illustrating the severity of the overdose epidemic at the county level throughout the United States. Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the visualization allows users to observe and compare the rates of overdose deaths for people between the ages of 15 and 44. New England and the the Appalachian region are the most affected, with 50 percent of all deaths for people between 15 and 44 resulting from drug overdose in many counties.The epidemic is not evenly distributed across demographic lines, with whites in urban and suburban areas experiencing the highest mortality rates.
Mapping Drug Overdoses Across the United States
Matthew Beckwith is a policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. Previously, Matt worked as an analyst in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Prior to that, he worked as an intern at the White House, as well as a speechwriting and policy intern on the O'Malley for President 2016 campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.
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