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OPIOIDS: Drug overdose death rate doubles 2015 to 2016

These data on death rates from overdoses involving synthetic opioids other than methadone are drawn from the National Vital Statistics System, which is maintained by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).  This includes fentanyl, fentanyl analogs and tramadol.

Synthetic Opioid Drug Overdose Death Rate (per 100,000 population)

  • 0.3  1999
  • 1.0  2013
  • 1.8  2014
  • 3.1  2015
  • 6.2 in 2016

Looking at the broader picture of drug overdose deaths from drugs of all types, the states with the highest overdose death rates in 2016 were: West Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Source: Hedegaard, H., Warner, M., and Minino, A.M. (2017, December). Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 1999-2016. NCHS Data Brief, 294.  Click herefor free full text: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db294.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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