Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool is a data-visualization tool that integrates overdose mortality rates for each Appalachian county with community factors such as unemployment, poverty, and disability rates. Users can compare county-level information to the rest of the Region and see a visual representation of how the data has changed over time.
The tool was developed by NORC at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments in the Appalachian Region.
The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool's home screen displays a map of the Appalachian Region, which includes 420 counties spanning 13 states from northern Mississippi to southern New York. Moving the cursor over a county will show overdose mortality rate information, and a click will create a data fact sheet with information about the county, overdose mortality data, socioeconomic and demographic data.