The Guardian has created several data visualizations illustrating the extent of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States. One chart shows that not only was 2017 the deadliest year on record for overdoses in the United States, with over 70,000 deaths, but also that the number of deaths due to drug overdoses in 2017 was larger than the total U.S. deaths from the Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars combined. In addition, the visualizations show how the overdose epidemic has spread to all regions of the United States, despite regional differences in which substances most often lead to overdoses.
Visualizing the Drug Overdose Epidemic in the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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