Drug Overdose Death Data
Opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999.
In 2015, the five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose were West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000), New Hampshire (34.3 per 100,000), Kentucky (29.9 per 100,000), Ohio (29.9 per 100,000), and Rhode Island (28.2 per 100,000).
Significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015 were primarily seen in the Northeast and South Census Regions. States with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015 included Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia.
- 2014-2015 Death Increases
- 2013-2014 Death Increases
- 2015 Deaths
- 2014 Deaths
- 2013 Deaths
- Data Sources
Additional Data Sources
Percent of drug poisoning deaths that mention the type of drug(s) involved, by State: 2013-2014
SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Multiple Cause Mortality File, 2013-2014.
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