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CDC Researchers Map Prescription Drug Deaths in America

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Several researchers from the Center for Disease Control calculated drug-poisoning age-adjusted death rates (AADR) at the county level from 1999 to 2009. They found that the number of counties with annual drug-poisoning AADRs greater than ten per 10,000 rose from 3 to 54 percent. Drug-poisoning AADRs grew by 394 percent in rural areas and 279 percent in large central metropolitan counties, though the highest rates were observed in large central metropolitan counties during the measurement period. Together, the three maps show the spread and growing frequency of drug poisoning deaths between 1999 and 2009. 



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