29 August 2011

Virginia Drug Deaths by Ethnicity

There are two major ethnic groups in Virginia. The 2010 census states that Virginia is made up of 19.4% Black Persons and 68.6% White Persons. Interestingly, there is a disproportionate rate of overdose deaths among Whites and a less than to be expected (from pure demographic percentages) rate of overdose deaths among Blacks.

Of course in pure numbers the large majority of overdose deaths are Whites.
Note that among Whites the highest number of overdose deaths come from prescription drugs. It is over 4 times the amount of deaths from always illegal drugs.

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