Fresh American record

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps track of many things, not the least being the number of opioid overdoses in the country.

The big news is that latest data from hospital emergency departments shows this rose by a staggering average 30% during July 2016 to September 2017 compared to the same period a year earlier.

There were significant increases in all Midwest states: Wisconsin was up by 109%; Illinois by 66%; and Indiana by 35%.

Picture source: Société de Saint-Augustin, 1896