NEW YORK (AP) A growing number of states are struggling with a growing problem with opioid abuse.
The Associated Press has chosen eight of the 10 hardest-hit states to look at as part of a series called “The 10 States that Need the Most Help.”
It breaks down the opioid overdose rate, the opioid deaths rate and the overdose-related hospitalizations rate.
The AP used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and other sources.
States where the drug is still in circulation include:Alaska; Arizona; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; West Virginia;WisconsinThe 10 states that need the most help:A state’s opioid-related death rate is calculated by multiplying the number of overdose deaths by the population.
This is the same method used to calculate the rate of opioid overdose deaths.
A state with a higher rate of overdose death includes a larger percentage of people who die of overdose.
The rate for deaths from opioid-induced cardiac arrest (IACA) is calculated from the time of the first overdose recorded by coronavirus surveillance systems, as well as the number that was treated by paramedics, and the number who survived.
The number of deaths from overdoses that were treated by emergency medical technicians (EMS) is based on the number recorded by state coronaviral surveillance systems.
An overdose death is defined as the death of an individual who has overdosed on opioids, and is not treated by an ambulance.
The overdose death rate can range from 5.2 to 21.8 per 100,000 population.
An IACA death is determined by the time it takes to recover from a single overdose.
It does not include the time from when the person was treated and the time that he or she was revived.
For a more comprehensive look at the opioid crisis, click here.