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A Growing Crisis: Drug Overdose Deaths in America

A Growing Crisis: Drug Overdose Deaths in America

Our team of analysts found that drug overdose deaths have risen by nearly 27% in the last year. Nationwide, more than 87,000 people died of an overdose in 2020, nearly 20,000 more than in 2019.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Fueled Fraud Crimes in the U.S.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Fueled Fraud Crimes in the U.S.

In every state, in almost every category, fraud is on the rise — and it’s costing people billions of dollars. Our team of analysts found that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraud reports have increased by more than 30%, ultimately costing Americans more than $2.3 billion dollars in 2020.

States With the Most Medical Debt and Greatest Disparities Between Health Care Costs and Middle-Class Income

States With the Most Medical Debt and Greatest Disparities Between Health Care Costs and Middle-Class Income

Recent trends in health care costs, health care coverage, medical debt and household income have contributed to growing disparities between different income groups in the United States.

Top States for Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine

Top States for Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine

Best and worst states at vaccinating their residents against COVID-19. State and national governments are carrying out their vaccination plans in order to distribute the vaccines effectively and efficiently.

Unaffordable Housing: Housing Costs Race Ahead of Income

Unaffordable Housing: Housing Costs Race Ahead of Income

Housing prices are rising fast. Income is not. Our analysts looked at a decade’s worth of housing and income reports to find the least affordable states - places where housing costs are racing ahead of income.

Pandemic Fuels Rise in Mental Health Prescriptions

Pandemic Fuels Rise in Mental Health Prescriptions

The number of Americans prescribed mental health medication has gone up almost 7% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This increase means that nearly 65 million people (1 in 5) are now taking prescription medication to help them cope with stress, anxiety or depression.

A Year At Risk: Race, Ethnicity and COVID-19

A Year At Risk: Race, Ethnicity and COVID-19

People of color have disproportionately borne a greater share of the pandemic’s toll. As a proportion of the population, people of color have a higher rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths per 100k people, lower vaccination rates, higher rate of frontline and essential workers, less ability to work from home, and a higher rate of unemployment.

Loss of Opportunity: Women and COVID-19

Loss of Opportunity: Women and COVID-19

With fewer jobs, unequal access to healthcare and more exposure to COVID-19 on the frontlines, our data suggests that women - especially women of color - have disproportionately borne a greater share of the pandemic’s toll.