US drug overdose data, visualized

Reddit user optsyn posted a data visualization of US drug overdose deaths from 1999-2014.  It’s a compelling piece of data graphically displayed.

Well worth sharing here.

Remember:  for the most part, the opioid crisis – reflected here as a subset of this data, I assume – is a self-inflicted, system-generated crisis.  It comes from a lack of a coherent health care system rather than from street drug use or some other nefarious means.

This display shows where the effects of that system-generated crisis are being most acutely felt.