I can’t say I blame them.
My own state, South Dakota, has a population of about 2.4 million.
As of early 2017, South Dakotans were dying at the rate of about three people per hour.
That’s more than in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma combined.
In my home state, there’s a similar situation, with about 1.3 million people in the population.
South Dakota has a high rate of death due to opioid overdoses.
South Dakots death rate has doubled since 2013, according to the latest data available from the South Dakota Department of Health and Human Services.
The CDC reported that more than 14,000 South Dakotes residents died from opioid overdoses in 2016.
In 2017, the number of overdose deaths jumped by 8 percent.
South Carolina is home to a similar population, with nearly 13,000 people in that state.
South Dakota is also a popular destination for heroin and fentanyl, and the number there has soared in recent years, as the state struggles to curb the drug trade.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Carolina has the second-highest heroin overdose rate in the country after Texas.
A report from the New York Times noted that drug dealers were selling heroin on the black market in South Carolina, even though they had no business in South Dakota.
It’s not just heroin that’s a problem in South Dakoteas, however.
There are a lot of other prescription painkillers in the state, and many people have no other choice.
If you’re not able to afford a prescription, the only other option is to take an overdose, according the Times report.
The prescription drug abuse epidemic is not a new phenomenon.
In the 1970s, drug addiction was a major issue in the South.
In 1979, the year after the Drug Enforcement Agency began enforcing the Controlled Substances Act, nearly two million people died from prescription drug overdoses.
Today, there are about 17 million opioid users in the U.S., according to one report.