If you’ve ever watched one of the many news segments about the current state of the drug epidemic you or someone you know has probably wondered, how bad is it? Does it really stack up next to other major causes of death like car accidents, gun violence, or HIV?
According to a recent article in The New York Times, not only does it stack up, it far exceeds the death toll of car accidents, guns, and HIV — combined. The number of drug overdoses since the 1990’s has increased by more than 500 percent making this the worst drug overdose epidemic in American history.
While it has hit some states harder than others, namely New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia this drug epidemic is spreading across the country — and fast. How much and how fast, exactly? Draw your guess on the charts within the article to see how drug overdose deaths compare to other causes of death. It’s a great read which sheds light on the severity of the current state of the drug epidemic.