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Visualizing the Shifting Causes of the Opioid Epidemic

by Michael McLaughlin
A map of the United States showing that fentanyl is the dominant cause of opioid deaths. on the East coast.

The Washington Post has created a series of data visualizations using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that show the evolution of the opioid epidemic in the United States. The visualizations demonstrate that the leading causes of opioid deaths shifted from prescription pills in 2011 to heroin in 2014 to fentanyl in 2017. Roughly 100,000 Americans have died from fentanyl in the last six years. 

Take a look.

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