The Spiraling Opioid Epidemic in America
Over the last 20 years, the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis has claimed tens of thousands of lives. In fact, opioid overdose deaths accounted for nearly 70% of all drug overdose deaths in 2018.
Although the damage of the opioid epidemic is well documented, what people might not know is that it has escalated in three distinct waves.
We pull the 2020 statistics from the UN World Drug Report 2020 to uncover the scope of the opioid crisis in the U.S., and how national drug-related death rates compare to other countries.
First published: July 17, 2020 (link)
Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf
Data source: UNODC World Drug Report 2020, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Relief, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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