Drug Overdoses

Data are for the U.S.

Mortality
  • Number of drug overdose deaths: 70,237 (2017)

Source: Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States: 1999-2017

  • Drug overdose deaths per 100,000 population: 19.7 (2016)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving any opioid per 100,000 population: 13.1 (2016)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone per 100,000 population: 6.0 (2016)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving heroin per 100,000 population: 4.8 (2016)
  • Drug overdose deaths involving natural and semisynthetic opioids per 100,000 population: 4.5 (2016)

Source: Health, United States, 2017, table 27

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Page last reviewed: August 30, 2018