The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has sparked a great
deal of interest in heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. The number of heroin-related deaths are available from the multiple cause of death option on the CDC WONDER database using the T40.1 ICD
Code,“Poisoning by and adverse effect of heroin.”
However, this may not mean that the person died of heroin overdose because this code only picks up whether heroin is mentioned in the death certificate. In other words, someone may have died of a cocaine overdose or something else but had heroin in the system. With that said, here are our latest national numbers on heroin-related deaths in the U.S.:
A recent press release from the CDC also features some statistics on drug overdose deaths.