As most Americans know, the United States is experiencing a opioid epidemic. Last year, over 70,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses—more than all those who died in the Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam wars combined.
“The growing drugs crisis sweeping across the US is deadlier than gun violence, car crashes or AIDS,” the Guardian reports, “none of which have killed as many Americans in a single year as overdoses did in 2017.”
This is one of the main reasons that Americans’ life expectancies has declined, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The drug epidemic is impacting the 50 different states differently–with some being impacted much more than others.
For example, according to CDC data, West Virginia which has the most drug overdose deaths (per 100,000 residents) in the U.S. has more than eight times the amount of deaths than Nebraska, which has the least.
However, in terms of sheer numbers of deaths from drug overdoses, Florida tops the list (at 4,728), with California not far behind (at 4,654).
Here are the top 10 states with highest number of deaths due to drug overdoses.
Here is the ranking by state: