These images speak for themselves. Here are a couple of important sentences:
Between 1999 and 2009, drug poisoning deaths grew by 394 percent in rural areas and 279 percent for large metropolitan areas, according to the CDC’s county-level look at the data.
According to the CDC, roughly 60 percent of all OD deaths in 2010 were caused by prescription drugs, with three-fourths of those cases involving painkillers.
The work of advocates like these is growing more important.
- Drug Overdose Deaths Are Increasing Pretty Much Everywhere (motherboard.vice.com)
- Drug Poisoning Deaths Have Tripled in the Last 30 Years (usnews.com)