Sunday, December 19, 2021

Ten States with the Highest Drug Induced Death Rates

The U.S. recorded over 74,500 drug induced deaths in 2019.  About 95% of these fatalities were attributable to drug overdoses, both accidental and intentional.  At about 22.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019, the national drug induced death rate has more than tripled from its level in 1999.  A review of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following details about the ten states with the highest drug induced death rates in 2019:

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
WV 934 1,792,147 52.1
DE 442 973,764 45.4
DC 319 705,749 45.2
MD 2,421 6,045,680 40.0
OH 4,440 11,689,100 38.0
CT 1,263 3,565,287 35.4
PA 4,475 12,801,989 35.0
MA 2,312 6,892,503 33.5
KY 1,487 4,467,673 33.3
TN 2,219 6,829,174 32.5
     Total 20,312 55,763,066 36.4
U.S. 74,511 328,239,523 22.7

(*) number of drug induced deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on December 1, 2021

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