States with the biggest drug overdose problem

The Number of Drug Overdoses in America Keep Growing

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths caused by drug overdose have hit an all-time high in the United States, jumping 7 percent in just one year and killing over 40,000 Americans in 2014.

The problem can largely be attributed to the rapid rise in the abuse of opioids, including both prescription pain relievers and heroin.

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#20. North Carolina

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 17.11%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 27.00%
Population: 9,651,380
Number of Counties in State: 100

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#19. Ohio

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 17.32%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 15.91%
Population: 11,549,590
Number of Counties in State: 88

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#18. Missouri

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 19.05%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 14.78%
Population: 6,007,182
Number of Counties in State: 115

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#17. Alaska 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 21.54%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 13.79%
Population: 720,316
Number of Counties in State: 29

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#16. Oregon 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 21.68%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 11.11%
Population: 3,868,721
Number of Counties in State: 36

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#15. Massachusetts

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 22.73%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 21.43%
Population: 6,605,058
Number of Counties in State: 14

#14. Louisiana

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 25.51%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 12.50%
Population: 4,567,968
Number of Counties in State: 64

#13. Colorado

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 25.76%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 18.75%
Population: 5,119,329
Number of Counties in State: 64

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#12. Maryland 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 26.31%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 12.50%
Population: 5,834,299
Number of Counties in State: 24

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#11. Tennessee 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 32.00%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 46.32%
Population: 6,402,387
Number of Counties in State: 95(

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#10. Pennsylvania

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 36.57%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 14.93%
Population:
 12,731,381
Number of Counties in State: 67

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#9. Kentucky 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 38.71%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 51.67%
Population: 4,361,333
Number of Counties in State: 120

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#8. Florida

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 43.40%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 35.82%
Population: 
19,091,156
Number of Counties in State: 67

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#7. West Virginia 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 61.53%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 49.09%
Population:
 1,853,619
Number of Counties in State: 55

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#6. Oklahoma 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 62.73%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 51.95%
Population: 
3,785,742
Number of Counties in State: 77

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#5. New Mexico 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 63.48%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 63.64%
Population:
 2,069,706
Number of Counties in State: 33

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#4. Rhode Island

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 75.41%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 40.00%
Population: 
1,051,695
Number of Counties in State: 5

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#3. Utah

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 78.45%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 58.62%
Population:
 2,813,673
Number of Counties in State: 29

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#2. Arizona

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 84.43%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 46.67%
Population:
 6,479,703
Number of Counties in State: 15

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#1. Nevada 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 91.22%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 41.18%
Population: 2,730,066
Number of Counties in State: 17

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The below visualization shows drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 people in counties across the U.S. States with the highest concentrations of overdoses include: Kentucky, West Virginia, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Historically, large metropolitan areas have the highest rates of drug overdoses, however, that is no longer the case. More deaths from drug overdoses are occurring today in rural and suburban areas.

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