UC opioid study identifies at-risk populations in America

Epidemiologist Diego Cuadros is director of UC's Health Geography and Disease Modeling Lab where he has studied HIV, malaria and COVID-19. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative + Brand

The opioid epidemic is taking a deadly toll on people in disproportionate clusters, according to a new national study by the University of Cincinnati.

Fatal opiate overdoses are most prevalent among six states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee. But researchers identified 25 hot spots of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.