September 28th, 2016
Drug overdoses (to be precise, more often combinations of different drugs) are now the top cause of accidental death in the US, killing more people than guns or car crashes. CDC data indicate a 439 percent increase in heroin-related deaths between 1999 and 2014.
The graphic below, by CNN, shows the recorded overdose deaths per capita in the 25 states with the highest rates. Appalachia has been disproportionately affected, with West Virginia topping the list. The data also indicate that it’s getting worse.