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How far does damage from opioid addiction extend?

Written by Weston Coward
Image by e-Magine Art
Dataset: Source:
  1. Data USA’s map compiles data from the University of Wisconsin’s County Health Rankings.
  2. Economist, "America’s opioid epidemic is worsening," March 6, 2017,
  3. German Lopez, "I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened," Vox, April 20, 2017,
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Drug overdose death data,", accessed May 4, 2017.
  5. Natasha Slesnick, Xin Feng, Brittany Brakenhoff, and Gregory S. Brigham, "Parenting under the influence: The effects of opioids, alcohol, and cocaine on mother-child interaction," Addictive Behaviors, February 15, 2014.
  6. Nancy K. Young, Sharon M. Boles, and Cathleen Otero, "Parental substance use disorders and child maltreatment: Overlaps, gaps, and maltreatment," Child Maltreatment 12(2), 2007, pp. 137–49,
  7. Cited by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids,, accessed 1 May 2017.
  8. Theresa Wiltz, "Drug addiction epidemic creates crisis in foster care," October 7, 2016,
  9. US Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, "Trends in foster care and adoption," June 30, 2016,
  10. For examples of success stories of fighting opioids through creating ecosystems, see Kevin Bingham, Terri Cooper, and Lindsay Musser Hough, Fighting the opioid crisis: An ecosystem approach to a wicked problem, Deloitte University Press, August 15, 2016,
Weston Coward
Weston Coward
Business Analyst, Deloitte
Weston is a Business Analyst in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal practice, where he supports strategic communications and business readiness efforts across a variety of agencies. Weston grew up on his family farm in Henderson, KY. There, he developed a love for solving problems (albeit of a different kind), the outdoors, and the community around him.