Map: Heroin deaths by county in Michigan

Deaths caused by overdosing on heroin and other opiates has risen in much of Michigan and officials are looking for ways to lower the number of fatalities. They want a quick-acting drug, naloxone hydrochloride, an antidote to save those suffering an overdose, more broadly available in Michigan. Click on a county for more information.

Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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Tue, 09/01/2015 - 7:37am
Could you move the graph chart that shows up in the lower right corner over to the Wisconsin/Minnesota area of the map? Where it is located now blocks out some of the county information. Thanks.
Nancy Derringer
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:14am
You can click and drag to reposition the map.
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:50pm
The information box does not respond to being moved and blocks access to the counties
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:15pm
You can move the map.
Sandra battles
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:06am
If these are county results, why is Detroit listed instead of Wayne County?
David Zeman
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:26pm
Hi Sandra, That is Wayne County, the city of Detroit is just listed on the statewide map along with some other major cities to give readers more geographic context as they search.
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:10am
... And the box won't go away after you click on a county unless you click on another county. Great info, though!
David Zeman
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:28pm
Hi Andy, Noticed that, too. We will see if we can fix. David Zeman Bridge Editor
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:36pm
A population map would look about the same, wouldn't it? Wouldn't deaths per capita be more revealing?
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:31pm
Is there a way to see the percentage of deaths from heroin compared to the total population or at least the percentage of deaths from heroin compared to the total deaths? That would give a more accurate view.
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:52pm
Ingham county with a much lower population than Genesee county had almost exactly the same death stats. I didn't expect that.
Harv Grotrian
Tue, 09/01/2015 - 6:17pm
Based upon information gathered from a variety of health professionals in 2014, Washtenaw County had 3.5% of the state's population while accounting for 8.5% of heroin deaths in the state in 2013. Monroe County had a greater number of heroin deaths, but when calculated per capita, Washtenaw County ranked ahead of Monroe County. Since we will never be able to stem the supply, we need to lessen the demand. (This is nearly a direct quote for an NPR interview with the Head of the New Hampshire State Police last summer.) Lessening the demand is a very tough task, requiring broad community support. As to the question of whether or not to make the antidote drug (naloxone hydrochoride) available to law enforcement officers, I feel that we have no choice. The rate at which heroin deaths are increasing in Washtenaw County and the State of Michigan is staggering--in the range of doubling every 12 months.
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:40pm
The title of this map is a bit misleading ("Heroin deaths by county"). A great deal of these deaths are due to opioids (presumably prescription painkillers). It is not clear from this data if we are in the middle of a stereotypical heroin crisis (think junkies dying in shoot galleries) or dealing with an aging population in poor health who are dying from accidental overdoses/interactions of multiple prescription drugs (painkillers, SSRIs, benzodiazepines, etc.) Although both scenarios are tragic, they would need drastically different strategies. It would be helpful to show the age-adjusted rates of heroin/opioid deaths and to examine the comorbidities associated with these deaths.
Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:21am
These are startling results but if you want more revealing statistics, look at how the numbers jumped from 2013 (these statistics) to 2014. For example, according to this graph in 2013 41 people died of overdose in Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor area). In 2014 58 people died of overdose. Currently we are on track to meet or beat that this year. Every year it gets worse. It's a health epidemic. Luckily the police in Washtenaw County are being trained to use Naloxone and are starting to carry that drug around with them. Naloxone is an opiate blocker with stops an overdose from happening. All police departments around the country should be implementing this policy.
Thu, 09/03/2015 - 4:49pm
Since the counties don't have similar populations, I think the heroin death rate would be more meaningful.
Diana Monday
Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:41pm
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