Despite the efforts of politicans and public health officials, the opioid epidemic in America continues to charge on.

In 2015, the most recent numbers available nationwide, more than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose. That is one death every ten minutes, on average. More than half – 33,000 – of those overdose deaths were from opioids like heroin and pain pills.

No area of the country is immune, though some cities and regions have been hit harder than others.

The Economist penned an in-depth article on the measure earlier this year. You can read that article in its entirety here.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’