America’s Favorite Drug Isn’t What You Think It Is According To These Interactive Maps
You’d think that weed would be America’s favorite drug, considering all the pro-legalization movements for marijuana blowing up lately. Meth? Heroin? That shit is scary, like “I will chew your face off and then regurgitate it to my children” scary, so it’s not surprise those two are essentially the popularity equivalent of the kid eating his own boogers in the corner of the high school cafeteria. The real queen bee…is alcohol.
Each graph simulates the real-time use of weed, alcohol, and other drugs that are probably fun too but still illegal. Every time a state flashes, someone’s using that drug. So for example, the following marijuana map has California blinking about once every second, which would mean that every second someone in Cali is lighting up.
The following map includes coke, heroin, prescription drugs, hallucinogens and inhalants.
Kinda lame, right? Don’t worry, the alcohol map is about to make things a little more exciting.
That thing is lighting up more than a stoner on a lunch break. It makes sense if you think about it though, since alcohol legal and therefore easier to obtain. The final map takes all the data from the previous three, which were created with data from the 2010-2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and combines it into one giant drug-addled map. To make things a little more interesting, the final map includes the frequency of drug-related ER visits, which happens to be every 12 seconds.