Sobering stats on the drug-overdose epidemic

Sobering stats on the drug-overdose epidemic

Monday, April 17, 2017

We hear a lot in the news about the drug epidemic ravaging our country. A recent feature on The Upshot, a data-visualization and analysis section of The New York Times, puts this issue in perspective by comparing the number of overdose deaths with those from other sources, such as car accidents and guns.

Since 1990, the number of Americans who have died every year from drug overdoses has increased by more than 500%, sharply outpacing the growth in other causes of death compared in the piece. In fact, in 2015, the number of overdose deaths was more than the number from car accidents and gun homicides combined.

An interactive map shares some striking figures for our region: In Sarasota County, 32% of all deaths of those ages 15-44 were from drug overdoses. In Manatee County, the share is even more staggering at 41%.

View the interactive feature here.

For a look at behavioral health indicators analzyed on GulfCoastIndicators.org, go here.