In 2013, Michigan’s drug-related death rate was 18.5 deaths per 100,000 people*, higher than most other states in the country. The U.S. average was 14.6.
As deaths from car accidents have decreased nationally since 2006, drug overdose deaths have increased to become the highest cause of "injury death" in the U.S.
Dustin Dwyer explores Michigan's drug epidemic in Hidden Epidemic, a State of Opportunity documentary airing today on Michigan Radio at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Read or listen to all three parts here.
*These numbers represent the age-adjusted death rate - the death rate if the population represented had the same age distribution as the population as a whole. - Carolyn Gearig, Michigan Radio Newsroom