Drug Overdoses

Data are for the U.S.

Mortality
  • Number of drug overdose deaths: 67,367 (2018)

Source: Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States: 1999-2018

  • Drug overdose deaths per 100,000 population: 21.6 (2017)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving any opioid per 100,000 population: 14.6 (2017)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone per 100,000 population: 8.7 (2017)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving heroin per 100,000 population: 4.8 (2017)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving natural and semisynthetic opioids per 100,000 population: 4.5 (2017)

Source: Health, United States, 2018, table 8 pdf icon[ PDF – 9.8 MB]

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Page last reviewed: August 30, 2018