By Issie Lapowsky

January 15, 2017



Look at a map of states president-elect Donald Trump won in November

alongside a map of states with the highest rates of opioid prescriptions,

and you'll see they mostly overlap. Look more closely at the data, as one

Penn State professor recently did, and you'll find that Trump outperformed

his Republican predecessor Mitt Romney the most in counties where opiate and

suicide mortality rates are highest.


It's little wonder, then, that mental health and substance abuse issues have

become a key talking point for Trump, who has promised to crack down on drug

cartels and called America's mass shootings an issue of mental health-not