Drug Induced Cause of Death Rate By County For Blacks Non Hispanic (1999 – 2015)

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Check out this map that shows the rate of drug induced cause of death by county for Blacks Non Hispanic for years 1999 to 2015. From the data we can see some western and eastern states have counties with a higher mortality rate indicated by the darker shading, compared to southern states indicated by the yellow shading.

By Julia Watson

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Drug Induced Cause of Death Rate By County For Whites Non Hispanic ( 1999-2015)

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Check out this map which shows the rate of drug induced cause of death by county for Whites Non Hispanic for years 1999 to 2015. From the data we can see clusters of areas that are predominantly shaded dark indicating a high rate of drug induced mortality. For instance Arizona and New Mexico have a large amount of counties dark/darkish orange.  Arizona alone has counties with a drug induced mortality rate of 12.11 or higher. Why might this be? One speculation could be the influx of drugs across the US-Mexico border. Overall we can see many western states have a larger portion of counties predominantly with a higher mortality rate compared to other states, such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and New York which are predominantly shaded yellow indicating a lower mortality rate. In addition, we can see clusters of counties shaded dark in some southern states, such as Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida.

By Julia Watson

Self-healing Heart Cells

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) ischemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers. Heart cells, unlike other cells, are not able to regenerate or self-repair effectively making heart disease debilitating. However, new research has discovered a way to make damaged heart cells self-heal through triggering gene expression. Check out the full article here.

By Julia Watson

Opioid Prescribing Rate By County 2013

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Check out this map of the shows the rate of opioid prescription by county for the year of 2013 per 100 persons. From the map we can see many counties within various southern states and some western states, such as Northern California and Organ, have higher rates indicated by the dark brown shading. We can see that some counties had a consistent prescribing rate when compared to the previous year, 2014. For instance, Arizona and Nevada prescribing rate remained consistent when compared to the previous map for 2015.

By Julia Watson

Opioid Prescribing Rate By County 2014

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Check out this map of the day shows the rate of opioid prescription by county for the year of 2014 per 100 persons. From the map we can see many counties within various southern states and some western states, such as Northern California and Organ, have higher rates indicated by the dark brown shading. Are you able to identify some counties that once had a higher rate in 2014 compared to the previously posted 2015 and 2016 maps?

By Julia Watson

Opioid Prescribing Rate By County 2015

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Check out this map that shows the rate of opioid prescription by county for the year of 2015 per 100 persons. From the map we can see many counties within various southern states have higher rates indicated by the dark brown shading. Are you able to identify some counties that once had a higher rate in 2015 compared to 2016? We can see from the map that some counties in New York had a higher prescribing rate compared to 2016.

By Julia Watson

Georgia Doctors Ordered By Medical Board To Undergo Opioid Training

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. Many states are finding ways to combat the epidemic including Georgia which now requires that every doctor in Georgia undergo opioid training passed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The training will instructs doctors on proper guidelines in prescribing opioids and recognizing signs of abuse. Check out the article here.

By Julia Watson