wired.com - 9 days ago
Indiana, Reeling from Opioid Crisis, Arms Officials with Data
The opioid crisis has hit Indiana hard.
In 2012, Indiana was among a handful of states whose opioid prescriptions roughly equaled its population . Three years later, intravenous drugs caused the nation’s worst HIV outbreak in two decades, affecting 181 people in rural Scott County, Indiana. And since 2013, Indiana has had the dubious distinction of leading the nation in pharmacy robberies , beating even California, which has six times its population. Darshan Shah can recite stats like these from memory. As Indiana’s chief data officer, tracking these figures is kind of his job. He’s also aware of what the numbers represent. “Thousands of people are losing their lives,” Shah says.
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