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Interactive Map: Drug Overdose in US

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From Daily Mail:

Interactive map lays bare America’s devastating overdose epidemic: Analysis of 15 years of data reveals key ages, genders, regions, and drugs behind the crisis

  • Overdose deaths have increased 137% since 2000; more than 50,000 Americans fatally overdosed in 2015
  • This interactive map, using CDC statistics, puts the staggering epidemic into context
  •  It breaks down the statistics into gender, age group, drug preference, and region
  • The steepest increase in overdose deaths has been among those aged between 65 and 74 years old 

Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse.

Overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000.

In fact, new figures released today revealed more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year – the highest figure ever.

Fentanyl, a painkiller, causes 44 deaths every day, making it the most dangerous drug in America.

An analysis of 15 years of data shows the steepest increase in overdose deaths has been among those aged between 65 and 74 years old – going from 16 deaths in 1999, to 680 deaths in 2014, a 4,150 percent increase.

This is likely to do with chronic pain and un-monitored prescription opioid refills, as well as those turning to cheaper on-the-street alternatives – like heroin – when they cannot afford pharmaceutical drugs.

Opioids – which are legal, controlled substances often prescribed by doctors – have caused a 200 percent increase in overdose deaths.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4018086/Interactive-map-lays-bare-America-s-devastating-overdose-epidemic-figures-drugs-kill-people-guns.html#ixzz4U2seOCFf
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Spatial methods for infectious disease outbreak investigations: systematic literature review

A must read for those interested in Public Health and GIS!  Link from Sensors and Systems

Eurosurveillance, Volume 20, Issue 39, 01 October 2015
Systematic Review

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