Opioid-related and other drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 people

Measure Overview

The ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States continues to claim thousands of lives every year as a result of opioid-related drug poisoning (i.e., overdose). Some of these overdose deaths are caused by prescription opioids, while others are caused by illicitly-trafficked “counterfeit” opioids. The illegal opioid heroin, along with cocaine and psychostimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall) cause thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. every year and play a major role in the current opioid epidemic, whether the drugs are ingested in combination with or trafficked alongside opioids. Drug overdose from opioids and related drugs is an extensive and complex public health issue that will likely take many years to resolve. As such, it is vital to monitor rates of opioid-related and other drug poisoning deaths to understand how this issue affects different demographic groups and determine which populations would particularly benefit from targeted outreach efforts.

State Health Compare provides annual, state-level rates of opioid-related and other drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 people based on vital statistics data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) WONDER Database. Annual estimates are available from 1999 on, and can be broken down by different drug categories: cocaine, heroin, natural and semi-synthetic opioids, psychostimulants, synthetic opioids, all opioids, and all drugs.

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