Regional trends in overdose deaths reveal multiple opioid epidemics, according to new study

The map shows US counties experiencing opioid drug epidemics or syndemics, according to a recently published analysis of drug overdose deaths. CREDIT David Peters

AMES, Iowa - The United States is suffering from several different simultaneous opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis, according to an academic study of deaths caused by drug overdoses.

David Peters, an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University, co-authored the study, which appeared in the academic journal Rural Sociology.