INFOGRAPHICS: Opioid deaths in AZ by age, race, type of opioids

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The number of Arizonans dying from opioid overdoses has skyrocketed since 2012.  Prescription opioids account for more overdose deaths than heroin.  In addition, the epidemic hits a certain age group and ethnicity the hardest.

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[SLIDESHOW: Two Arizona counties have high opioid prescription rates]

Among different race/ethnicity groups, rates of death from opioids differ greatly. From 2007-2016, 77.5 percent of all opioid deaths were among white non-Hispanics, among whom the rate of death is nearly twice that of any other race/ethnicity group. 

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The age group most affected by this epidemic is people between the ages of 45-54.

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[INFOGRAPHIC: Numbers paint grim story in Arizona's opioid crisis]

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