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Graphic: Which Drugs Is America Googling?


This time-lapse map shows state-by-state which drugs Americans have searched online over the last decade.

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Google is how we learn most of what we know, today, let’s be honest. So tracking Google searches is a good way to find out what people are into at a given time (BBW? Justin Bieber? Gluten-free cupcake recipes?).

Google searches can also let us know what drugs people are doing—or at least, what drugs they are curious about. This animated time-lapsed graphic, created by Withdrawal.net, shows which drugs Americans in different states have searched for online since 2004. As you can see, cocaine remains the most searched for drug across the country over the past decade. Interest in crystal meth is steadily rising, and searches for heroin and prescription drugs, like Xanex and Adderall, have become more common in the last five years. Meth, popular in the midwest since 2004, didn’t take off in other parts of the country until 2012. And Adderall interest surged in recent years across the nation, but especially on the East Coast.

Which drugs are you googling?