The distribution of new cases in the US has shifted from the Northeast to the Southern and Western states.
Pink – The Northeast includes New England (MA, CT, RI, VT, NH, ME).
Maroon – Mid-Atlantic states (NY, NJ, PA).
Light Gray – East North Central states (MI, OH, IN, IL, WI).
Dark Gray – West North Central states (MN, IA, MO, ND, SD, NE, KS).
Navy Blue – South Atlantic states (WV, MD, DE, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL).
Baby Blue – East South Central states (KY, TN, MS, AL)
Sea Blue – West South Central states (TX, OK, AR, LA).
Dark Green – Mountain states (MT, ID, WY, NV, UT, CO, NM, AZ)
Light Green – Pacific states (CA, OR, WA).
Source: John Hopkins, McKinsey & Co.
Opioid epidemic in one chart – correlation conflated with causation
There is no cause-and-effect relationship between prescribing and overdose mortality. But millions of patients are being denied safe and effective pain care.
Seniors over age 62 are prescribed opioids for pain three times more often than youth under age 19. But youth have overdose rates three times higher than seniors. No medical model can explain these demographics.
Source: Richard A Lawhern, PhD, Patient Advocate