What Drugs Pose the Greatest Danger?

Posted to Infographics  |  Nathan Yau

While The New York Times continues to produce excellent work, GOOD Magazine has been churning out interesting graphics on the other side of the spectrum. In their most recent transparency graphic, GOOD describes the drugs that pose the greatest danger according to local law officials, when asked by the Department of Justice. Underneath the creative bling is essentially a stacked bar chart. The purists are going to cry bloody murder, but hey, it still gets the point across, right?

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  • Using a Stacked bar chart isn’t that terrible in this case – comparing relative percentages across the different regions..

    I don’t think I’m a huge fan – but neat none the less.

  • Amos Newcombe May 1, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I think it would show a somewhat clearer picture of law enforcement priorities across the country if they had put the Midwest next to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The trippy drug vibe is maybe too cute, but good for a chuckle. And isn’t this the kind of data that stacked bar chars were made for?

  • Reading the chart gives me a headache, but it is interesting that there is an absence of law enforcement concern over methamphetamines in the Northeast and New England regions. Good market data for meth entrepreneurs.

  • this is good, but I wish they would show the percentage comparision between regions as well. i.e. how much weed is consumed in one region compared to another region (I mean, here we are assuming that all the regions are consuming equal amount of drugs).

  • Jeroenemans May 22, 2009 at 7:04 am

    I just came across this paper… seems very interesting to see the relative harm of different drugs…


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