XIV.3 The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool

Ned English

Megan Heffernan

Peter Herman

Michael Meit

The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool shows county-level overdose mortality data. Select overlays of socio-economic factors like poverty, unemployment, educational attainment, and disability to look for patterns and trends throughout Appalachia. You can zoom in and display data for each of the 420 Appalachian counties, or compare rural and urban counties within Appalachia. See how the opioid epidemic has grown by comparing data from two time periods: 2007-2011 and 2012-2016.

The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool supports community planning and response, particularly in terms of strategies to address the opioid crisis. The tool uses data from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Vital Statistics System, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The tool was developed by Ned English, Megan Heffernan, Peter Herman, and Michael Meit, all associated with the non-partisan research organization NORC at the University of Chicago.

The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool can be found at http://overdosemappingtool.norc.org


English, Ned, Megan Heffernan, Peter Herman, and Michael Meit. 2018. The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool. In “14th Iteration (2017): Macroscopes for Tackling Tough Topics, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Lisel Record.

Meit, Michael, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, and Topher Hoffman. 2018. Appalachian Diseases of Despair: Final Report. Prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission. http://scimaps.org

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.