2017-2018 Prescription Opioid Overdose Data

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. CDC WONDER, Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2018. https://wonder.cdc.gov/

About This Map and Data Table
  • Drug overdose deaths, as defined, that have natural and semi-synthetic opioids (T40.2) or methadone (T40.3) as a contributing cause.
  • Categories of deaths are not exclusive as deaths might involve more than one drug category. Summing of categories will result in more than the total number of deaths in a year.
  • Analyses were limited to states meeting the following criteria: For states with very good to excellent reporting, ≥90% of drug overdose deaths mention at least one specific drug in 2017, with the change in drug overdose deaths mentioning of at least one specific drug differing by <10 percentage points between 2017 and 2018. States with good reporting had 80% to <90% of drug overdose deaths mention at least one specific drug in 2017, with the change in the percentage of drug overdose deaths mentioning at least one specific drug differing by <10 percentage points between 2017 and 2018. States included also were required to have stable rate estimates, i.e., based on ≥20 deaths, in at least two drug categories (i.e., opioids, prescription opioids, synthetic opioids other than methadone, and heroin).
  • Statistically significant (P-value <0.05).
  • Rate comparisons between states should not be made due to variations in reporting across states.

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