Wednesday, August 2, 2017
A Map of Opioid Prescriptions per Capita
Fascinating map from 538. (It's a big image, so click if you want more detail.) Notice two things: first, the opiate belt in southern Appalachia, that zone of increasing immiseration. Second, all the major cities show up as low-prescription zones, from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles to Seattle. I wonder is that is because this really is a rural/exurban crisis, or if heroin is just more readily available in big cities.