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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for Drug Overdose, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015–2016


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The figure above is a bar chart showing that during 2015–2016, the age-adjusted death rates from drug overdose for the total population increased from 16.3 per 100,000 standard population to 19.8 (21.5%). The rate increased from 21.1 to 25.3 (19.9%) for non-Hispanic whites, from 12.2 to 17.1 (40.2%) for non-Hispanic blacks, and from 7.7 to 9.5 (23.4%) for Hispanics.

* Deaths per 100,000 population age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.

As underlying cause of death, drug overdose (including accidental, intentional, assault, and undetermined intent) was identified with the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14. The number of drug overdose deaths was 52,404 in 2015 and 63,632 in 2016.

During 2015–2016, the age-adjusted death rates from drug overdose for the total population increased from 16.3 per 100,000 standard population to 19.8 (21.5%). The rate increased from 21.1 to 25.3 (19.9%) for non-Hispanic whites, from 12.2 to 17.1 (40.2%) for non-Hispanic blacks, and from 7.7 to 9.5 (23.4%) for Hispanics.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, Underlying cause of death data, 1999–2016. https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.


Reported by: Jiaquan Xu, MD, jiaquanxu@cdc.gov, 301-458-4086.

For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Drug Overdose, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:374. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6712a9.

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