Webinar: The Opioid Epidemic: A Geography in Two Phases

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: David McGranahan

The United States is experiencing a drug overdose mortality epidemic marked by the introduction and spread of opioids across rural and urban areas. The epidemic’s effect on adults of prime working age (ages 25-54) has been substantial, with the mortality from drug overdoses more than tripling between 1999 and 2018—from 11.3 to 36.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

During this webinar, ERS Senior Economist and Acting Chief of the Rural Economy Branch David McGranahan will present The Opioid Epidemic: A Geography in Two Phases. This report identifies two distinct phases of the epidemic: a prescription opioid phase in the 2000s and an illicit opioid phase in the 2010s.

The Opioid Epidemic: A Geography in Two Phases

This webinar has been recorded and will be available for viewing at: www.ers.usda.gov/multimedia.