Chart of the Day: Four Drug Epidemics


According to Christopher Caldwell, in “American Carnage,” here are the death rates of three drug epidemics over the past 50 years. I’ve added a fourth, using a best estimate for the meth epidemic:

Thanks, Oxycontin. Nice work.

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