|Lexington Herald-Leader map, drawn from Appalachian regional map by NORC, University of Chicago|
|Screen grab of interactive map shows overdose rates with|
highest in dark blue. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
"Residents across Appalachia are 55 percent more likely to die from a drug overdose than people in the rest of the country, but the disparity is even higher in some Eastern Kentucky counties.
In Leslie County, for instance, the overdose death rate is five times the national average," Bill Estep reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Leslie's rate is the highest in Kentucky; four West Virginia counties had higher rates.
Socioeconomic correlations shown by the interactive map include:
- In Central Appalachia, counties with the highest rates of overdose are often the same counties with the highest rates of people on disability.
- In Central Appalachia, the counties with the highest overdose rates are often the same counties with the lowest rates of educational attainment.
- In Northern and Southern Appalachia, the highest overdose rates are in urban counties.
- While Central Appalachia remains the most highly affected subregion of Appalachia, other subregions are experiencing increasing rates of overdose.