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: 20.6

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

  • Drug overdose deaths involving any opioid per 100,000 population: 14.3

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

  • Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone per 100,000 population: 9.6

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

  • Drug overdose deaths involving heroin per 100,000 population: 4.6

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

  • Drug overdose deaths involving natural and semisynthetic opioids per 100,000 population: 3.8

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: April 9, 2021