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Visualizing the Number of Pain Killers Sold in Each U.S. County

by Michael McLaughlin
Map showing that many opioid deaths happen in West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky

The Washington Post has created a series of data visualizations showing the number of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills sold in each United States county between 2006 and 2012. The data, which the Post has also published and comes from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, consists of data about more than 380 million transactions, including the sale of pills to pharmacies.  The visualizations show a belt of counties in West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky that were the highest in the nation for both per-capita prescription opioid deaths and for opioid pills distributed per capita. Many of the counties that had more than 15 opioid-related deaths per 100,000 people a year also received more than 100 pills per person each year. 

Take a look.

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