In 2018, 23 states and DC had drug overdose death rates that were higher than the national rate of 20.7 per 100,000.
Except for Arizona and New Mexico, states with higher rates were in the eastern part of the country, including the two states with the highest rates: West Virginia (51.5) and Delaware (43.8). Twenty-four states had rates that were lower than the national rate; the states with the lowest rates were Nebraska (7.4) and South Dakota (6.9).
Three states (Illinois, Nevada, and Utah) had rates that were not statistically different from the national rate.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.
Provisional data in the United States shows that the reported number of drug overdose deaths occurring in the United States decreased by 0.9% from the 12 months ending in September 2018 to the 12 months ending in September 2019, from 68,421 to 67,839.
Provisional data show that the reported number of drug overdose deaths occurring in the United States decreased by 1.9% from the 12 months ending in August 2018 to the 12 months ending in August 2019, from 68,714 to 67,410.
The reported number of opioid-involved drug overdose deaths in the United States for the 12-month period ending in August 2019 (47,105) decreased from 47,251 in the previous year.
NCHS today published its monthly provisional estimates on drug overdose deaths in the United States, for the one-year period ending in July 2019.
Final data on drug overdose deaths are not expected to be available until later in the year.
Regional Differences in the Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths: United States, 2017October 25, 2019
NCHS report describes regional differences in the specific drugs most frequently involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2017. Data from the 2017 National Vital Statistics System–Mortality files were linked to electronic files containing literal text information from death certificates.
- Among drug overdose deaths in 2017 that mentioned at least 1 specific drug on the death certificate, the 10 drugs most frequently involved included fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, alprazolam, oxycodone, morphine, methadone, hydrocodone, and diphenhydramine.
- Regionally, 6 drugs (alprazolam, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, methadone, and oxycodone) were found among the 10 most frequently involved drugs in all 10 HHS regions, although the relative ranking varied by region.
- Age-adjusted rates of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl or deaths involving cocaine were higher in the regions east of the Mississippi River, while age-adjusted rates for drug overdose deaths involving methamphetamine were higher in the West.
- The regional patterns observed did not change after adjustment for differences in the specificity of drug reporting.
QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Heroin, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1999–2017September 20, 2019
From 1999 to 2005, the overall age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin in the United States remained stable at approximately 0.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
The rate increased slightly from 0.7 in 2005 to 1.0 in 2010 and further increased to a high of 4.9 in 2016 and 2017.
From 2010 to 2017, rates generally increased for each of the racial/ethnic groups shown, with the highest rates observed for non-Hispanic whites. In 2017, the rates were 6.1 for non-Hispanic whites, 4.9 for non-Hispanic blacks, and 2.9 for Hispanics.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System mortality data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.