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.