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Illicit drugs prices and purity

Explore how illegal drugs have become cheaper and more potent over time.

Visualizations

Watch the world's population age

The Human Mortality Database visualized. Over the last 50 years, much of the world's population has grown older — and lived longer.

Doping at the Summer Olympics

Want to know which two athletes tested positive for antipsychotics? Which baseball Olympians failed drug tests at which Games? Which country has had more athletes test positive for banned drugs than any other? Which events have produced the most positive drug tests? Click on the rings to learn more about better living — or at least better athletic performance — through chemistry.

Here comes the yearly explosion in fireworks injuries

It's almost as predictable as barbecues in the summer — the July fireworks injury. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has tracked emergency room reports from a sample of about 100 hospitals around the country for nearly two decades. Every year, Independence Day brings star-spangled skies and a flurry of hospital visits.

Global Differences in Cancer Drug Prices

Explore the affordability of brand-name and generic cancer drugs in seven countries with this data visualization. We've compared the drug prices to an economics metric known as GDP PPP per capita per month, which stands in for an average individual's purchasing power. Hover over the data points to see how easy, or hard, it is to afford cancer drugs on a typical monthly income in each country.

STAT-Harvard Poll on Americans' Attitudes About Cancer

Cancer is perceived by American adults to be more serious than any other disease or health condition by a four-fold margin, even though it is the second leading cause of death in the nation. Even though heart disease kills more Americans every year than any other disease or health condition, relatively few Americans believe it is more serious then cancer.

15 Years of Overdose Deaths in the U.S.

From 1999 to 2014, over half a million Americans died from overdoses of legal or illegal drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Explore the interactive visualization to learn more about overdose deaths caused by narcotics and hallucinogens from 1999 to 2014.

World's Top Arms Exporters and Importers 2013 - 2015

Data includes all major conventional weapons transactions in 2013-2015 that are greater than US$2 million at constant (1990) prices.

STAT Investigation: Clinical Trial Reporting Failure

STAT examined data reporting for all institutions – federal agencies, universities, hospitals, nonprofits, and corporations – required to report results to ClinicalTrials.gov for at least 20 human experiments since 2008. This visualization shows the first comparative analysis of their performance. Among the groups, just two companies provided trial results within the legal deadline more that half the time. Most – including the National Institutes of Health, which oversees the reporting system – violated the law the vast majority of the time.

STAT-Harvard Poll on Drug Prices: Americans Support Government Action to Keep Prescription Drug Prices Down

Americans’ views about the federal Medicare program establishing price controls vs. negotiating prices for prescription drugs for seniors, by party identification (democrat, republican, independent). Options include (from top) support for PRICE CONTROLS or NEGOTIATION for all prescription drugs, support only for high-cost drugs, generally support, or oppose.

Smokers and Non-smokers Have More Common Points Than They Think

Support for statements about regulation and health effects of e-cigarettes by those who have never used e-cigarettes (76%) and those who have ever used e-cigarettes (23%) compared to the total. The sizes of the enclosed colored areas display the groups' overall negative attitudes about e-cigarettes, tobacco cigarettes, and marijuana.

Human Development Index

Countries with a higher Human Development Index visually have more gender-based income inequality.

Immigration to Israel since its Declaration of Independence

Immigration to Israel since 1948 by country of birth.

200 Years of Immigration to the U.S.

People obtaining lawful permanent resident status by region or selected country of last residence: 1820 - 2013.

Hate Crimes in the U.S. By Bias Motivation

Hate crimes in the U.S. by single-bias motivation in 2013. There were 5,922 single-bias incidents that involved 6,921 offenses, 7,230 victims, and 5,808 known offenders.

World's Top 100 Arms-Producing Companies

The arms sales of the world's top 100 arms-producing companies in the OECD and developing countries (except China) in 2013. The tooltip contains financial and employment data for arms-producing companies. Hover to see details.

Top 15 Defence Budgets 2014

The latest available defense budget data as of February 2015.

Spending on Luxury Goods Per Capita

Spending on luxury goods per capita in the world (2014): Hong Kong is a mecca for luxury brands.

D3Doodles: Flowering Bonsai Tree

Lindenmayer system fractal plant. Bonsai growth requires patience. See your unique Flowering Bonsai Tree each time you (re)load the page.

Global Consumer Expenditure Pattern

Consumer expenditure in US$ million by all main categories, for all regions, historic and forecast data in current prices

Maps

Follow the Zika virus through time and space

It might seem like the Zika virus exploded out of nowhere in Brazil a few months ago, but the virus has been all over the world since it was discovered in Uganda in 1947. Discover the distribution of the Zika virus infection and associated neurological disorders across time and geographies, starting in 1947.

NFL Concussions and Head Injuries by Year and by Team

In recent years the NFL has implemented new rules to reduce concussions among players. But with two weeks to go in the 2015 regular season, players have already suffered more concussions than in either of the previous two seasons. Here are the recent statistics, by team.

CRISPR, a low-cost gene-editing tool, spreads across the world

The global spread of CRISPR research publications since the method was discovered. Drag timeline handles to filter CRISPR studies by year, and hover or click the circles to see publication details.

Girls perform better academically in almost all countries

Six out of ten low achievers in reading, math, and science in OECD PISA surveys are boys. Analysis reveals that boys are much more likely to underperform in school than girls, leading to disengagement and higher dropout rates. The map shows the gender gap, the difference between low-achieving boys and girls per 100 school students.

In memory of Boris Nemtsov (1959-2015)

This visualization was created in memory of prominent Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who was one of the most vocal critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and who was demonstratively killed in front of the Kremlin by ... . The information in his post from September 7, 2014, visualized here, may have changed by now, especially after he had aired it, but his message remains true today: members of Russia's ruling elite publicly accuse the West of promoting immoral lifestyles, sparking world conflicts, and call it the main enemy of and threat to Russia and its people, while sending their children to live in Western countries.

A World Map of Unmatched Singles at Their 25-45

Although, the official definition of "single" is someone who has never been married, divorced, or widowed, here it's simply a person who is not currently married or in a consensual relationship -- someone who is available for dating. Take it with a grain of salt.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2014

Corruption perceptions index relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people and country analysts, and ranges between 10 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt). These perceptions enhance our understanding of real levels of corruption from one country to another.

Unemployment Rate Map 2013

Unemployment (% of total labor force) refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.

GAS MAP: Proven Natural Gas Reserves

Proven natural gas reserves are those quantities that geological and engineering information indicates with reasonable certainty can be recovered in the future from known reservoirs under existing economic and operating conditions.

OIL MAP: Proven Oil Reserves

Proven oil reserves are those quantities that geological and engineering information indicates with reasonable certainty can be recovered in the future from known reservoirs under existing economic and operating conditions.

COAL MAP: Proven Coal Reserves

Proven natural coal reserves are those quantities that geological and engineering information indicates with reasonable certainty can be recovered in the future from known deposits under existing economic and operating conditions.

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My name is Natalia Bronshtein, and I am a researcher, university professor, Ph.D. in economics, data journalist, Fulbright alumna, and a consultant.

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