US Drug Use Maps and other Health GIS News
Business Insider mapped the use of legal and illegal drugs in the U.S. - from tobacco to alcohol to meth - in 15 diferent maps. Among the patterns found:
- Illicit drugs are most popular on the West Coast, Colorado, and the Northeast
- the South has the most smokers
- the Midwest has the most binge drinkers.
The data is from 2010-2011 surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. At right, part of a map of marajuana use in the east.
The Center for Investigative Reporting offers a map (Leaflect, Cloudmade, etc.) of prescriptions for opiates over an 11 year period in the U.S. Among the conclusions:
Prescriptions of four potent opiates to veterans have more than tripled since 9/11...
The detailed article reveals:
Prescriptions for four opiates – hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine – have surged by 270 percent in the past 12 years, according to data CIR obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. CIR’s analysis for the first time exposes the full scope of that increase, which far outpaced the growth in VA patients and varied dramatically across the nation.
Nice map in the Tico Times of dengue fever in Costa Rica. Tableau Software is popping up on more news sites all the time.
Costa Rica broke its all-time record for dengue cases after the Health Ministry announced that as of Sep. 21, the number of dengue cases had reached 38,497.