Summer Research Week 3 Update

It was during the second week that the control variables were narrowed down to the poverty or unemployment rate, overall drug use (or opioid abuse if the first was not feasible), and the number of black persons per state. I then needed to find a data set for each variable that was separated by year and state in the U.S. on the government census website or the CDC Wonder database. As mentioned in the second week blog, I realized that information on all the control variable was not collected for each year within the research timeline, 1998-2017. Therefore, it was decided by my instructor that the control variables would be constricted to a median year in the timeline, 2010. This year is not the centermost within the timeline, however, since some of the control data came from the government census database, that holds information collected decennially, it was the closest possible year.

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