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Cancer Rates Compared, Several States

Comparison of cancer rate for common cancers in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, and National Averages. Rates are per 100,000 persons.

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2013 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; 2016. Available at:

Chemical Dependence Treatment Program Admissions by Drug Type, 2007-2015

In the past seven years, fewer New Yorkers are seeking treatment for chemical substance abuse, especially alcohol and marijuana abuse, but treatment for heroin and opoid abuse has increased.

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified chemical dependence treatment programs report admissions of people served in programs throughout NYS. This dataset includes the number of admissions to NYS OASAS certified treatment programs aggregated by primary substance of abuse group.

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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

"Professor Alexander argues this discovery is a profound challenge both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. In fact, he argues, addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you. It’s your cage."

"After the first phase of Rat Park, Professor Alexander then took this test further. He reran the early experiments, where the rats were left alone, and became compulsive users of the drug. He let them use for fifty-seven days — if anything can hook you, it’s that. Then he took them out of isolation, and placed them in Rat Park. He wanted to know, if you fall into that state of addiction, is your brain hijacked, so you can’t recover? Do the drugs take you over? What happened is — again — striking. The rats seemed to have a few twitches of withdrawal, but they soon stopped their heavy use, and went back to having a normal life. The good cage saved them. (The full references to all the studies I am discussing are in the book.)"

"When I first learned about this, I was puzzled. How can this be? This new theory is such a radical assault on what we have been told that it felt like it could not be true. But the more scientists I interviewed, and the more I looked at their studies, the more I discovered things that don’t seem to make sense — unless you take account of this new approach."

Map: Bars In New York State

Map: Bars In New York State

Most of the watering holes in New York State are located in populated areas. I guess that is not real surprising, as that's where the people is and that's where you would build a business. Some of the rural towns in upstate are dry. This might be a more interesting map if I had done bars per capita -- maybe that's a project for a future date. Map shows density of licensed establishments selling liqour for on-site consumption.

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