Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Ten States with the Lowest Drug Induced Death Rates

In 2019, the U.S. recorded over 74,500 drug induced deaths.  Drug overdoses, both accidental and intentional, accounted for about 95% of these fatalities.  At about 22.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019, the national drug induced death rate has more than tripled from its 1999 level of 6.9 deaths per 100,000 population.  Examination of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following to be the ten states with the lowest drug induced death rates in 2019:

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
MS 431 2,976,149 14.5
MT 153 1,068,778 14.3
GA 1,502 10,617,423 14.1
WY 81 578,759 14.0
AR 404 3,017,804 13.4
ND 95 762,062 12.5
IA 374 3,155,070 11.9
TX 3,355 28,995,881 11.6
SD 90 884,659 10.2
NE 180 1,934,408 9.3
     Total 6,665 53,990,993 12.3
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

related commentary: U.S. Drug Induced Deaths by Region

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