Posted: Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
After alcohol intoxication, opioids are the most common cause of poisoning in patients presenting to North American emergency departments (Substance Abuse, 2011). Most opioids misused by patients originate from prescription medication. These two main types of nonmedical opioid use represent a significant cause of morbidity and mortality.
Some individuals who abuse opioids are seeking euphoric effects, but others have developed dependence through chronic opioid use and are merely trying to avoid opiate withdrawal. Opioid-related harm has now reached epidemic levels: emergency department visits for nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled from 2004 to 2011, accounting for an estimated 488, 000 visits in 2011.
Deaths have more than tripled since 1999, with an estimated 16, 235 deaths attributable to prescription opioids in 2013 (Kolody, Courtwright, & Hwang, 2015). - Kevin Sherman
Election season is upon us and there are a record number of female Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives.
There has been a steady rise of female candidates and nominations since 1994, even through the Bush Administration. And as can be seen in the data above, they really gained steam during the Obama Administration from 2012 onward not only with nominations but with wins as well. But in 2018, there are now a record number of candidates and nominations which gives hope for change in the upcoming midterm elections. -- Aixa Gomez
Chicago celebrated its 49th LGBT Pride Parade this year in Boystown, the city’s largest gay neighborhood. With the annual parade nearing its 50th anniversary, take a look at the attendance since 1985.
The parade has seen an overall increase in attendance with the years 2005 through 2010 remaining the same. Note that the data in this chart doesn't show attendance after 2015, when gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states. - Areli Quintana
Interested in seeing which states have the most abundant amount of Craft Breweries? Below is an image of a bar graph I created to display a visually pleasing form of the amount of Craft Breweries per state. Click here to see an interactive bar graph of Craft Breweries Per State.
This graphic was based off information gathered by the Brewer’s Association in 2015, breaking down every state in the United States. -- Veronica Stanoulov
This graphic represents Cubs attendance from 2007 to 2016. As can be seen, Cubs had the most attendance in 2008. Following that, after 2008 the attendance numbers were dropping until it reached the lowest point in 2013. However, after the major drop in 2013 the attendance numbers started to go up again. -- Laura Skindariarte
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