National Vital Statistics System

Provisional Drug Overdose Death Surveillance

The Vital Statistics Rapid Release program provides access to the timeliest vital statistics for public health surveillance through the release of provisional data reports, datasets, and visualizations. This page includes access to surveillance data on drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System. Unless otherwise noted, national provisional counts include deaths occurring within the 50 states and the District of Columbia that have been received and coded as of the date specified and may not include all deaths that occurred during a given time period. It is important to note that it can take several weeks for death records to be submitted to National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), processed, coded, and tabulated.



Provisional Drug Overdose Death Data
monthly provisional drug overdose death counts

Reported and predicted provisional counts of drug overdose deaths by jurisdiction of occurrence and 12-month ending period from 2015 through the most recent reporting period. Provisional drug overdose deaths by drug or drug class are also provided by time-period for select jurisdictions. Estimates for 2015-2019 are based on final data.

early model based drug overdose death counts

Model-based provisional estimates of the weekly numbers of drug overdose, suicide, and transportation-related deaths using “nowcasting” methods to account for the normal lag between the occurrence and reporting of these deaths. Estimates are provided by jurisdiction and outcome of interest (drug overdose, suicide, or transportation-related deaths) from 2016 to January 2021. Estimates for 2016-2019 are based on final data.

Quarterly provisional estimates of Mortality

Provisional estimates of death rates for the most recent reporting period for select causes of death, including drug overdose deaths. Death rates by age, sex and state of residence are included on this page.

Provisional Data Files

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Monthly Counts of Deaths by Select Causes, 2020-2021

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Health Policy Data Requests

Final Drug Overdose Death Data

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Final Drug Overdose Deaths

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Drug Poisoning Mortality in the United States, 1999-2018

Supplemental Files
Page last reviewed: August 12, 2021