Charting the Opioid Terrain: A Decade of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone Distribution Patterns Across the U.S.
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Charting the Opioid Terrain: A Decade of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone Distribution Patterns Across the U.S.

Introduction The opioid epidemic in the United States has unfolded as a devastating public health crisis, characterized by a marked increase in opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose-related deaths. The crisis began in the late 1990s, driven by an upsurge in prescribing opioids for pain management amidst aggressive marketing tactics by pharmaceutical companies. The epidemic has…

Exploring Binge Drinking Patterns in the US: Insights from GIS Mapping

Over half of US adults drink alcohol, with binge drinking affecting one in six. Binge drinking, defined as consuming excessive drinks on a single occasion, is linked to various health issues and is prevalent among 18-34-year-old non-Hispanic White males in the Midwest. A web map uses EBK statistical analysis to reveal geographic patterns of binge drinking across the US, excluding Florida due to missing data. This analysis can guide targeted interventions.