Almost 2,000 people died in California last year of opioid overdoses as a sprawling epidemic made its way to the west coast. 

Opioids, an addictive class of drugs that include painkillers like codeine, morphine and hydrocodone, killed an average of 91 people every day between 1999 and 2015, prompting the declaration of a National Public Health Emergency last month. 

Where is the death toll the worst? The Californian mapped out where the state's opioid death rates were highest in 2016 — and all are in locations that lack Medication Assisted Treatment facilities, which are also mapped here

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce

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