Saturday, October 29, 2022

Drug-Induced Death Rates in the Far Western U.S.

In 2020 more than 96,000 drug-induced deaths were recorded in the U.S., about 29.2 such deaths per 100,000 population.  In contrast, a year earlier the U.S. recorded about 74,500 drug-related deaths or about 22.7 such deaths per 100,000 population.  The year-over-year increase in the number of U.S. drug-induced deaths was consistent with an ongoing negative trend, fueled by more frequent overdose deaths, that goes back at least two decades. Since 1999, the drug-induced death rate per 100,000 population in the U.S. has increased by more than 400%.  In 2020 the six-state Far Western region of the U.S. recorded nearly 13,700 drug-induced deaths, giving the region an overall drug-induced death rate of 24.2 such deaths per 100,000 population.  Collectively, the region's 2020 drug-induced death rate was about 17% below the national average, with every state in the region recording a death rate that was lower than the national average.  Further examination of data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about drug-induced death rates in the Far Western U.S.:

Drug-Induced Death Rates in the Far Western U.S.

Drug-Induced Death Rates in the Far Western U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Alaska 179 731,158 24.5
California 9,452 39,368,078 24.0
Hawaii 307 1,407,006 21.8
Nevada 866 3,138,259 27.6
Oregon 997 4,241,507 23.5
Washington 1,896 7,693,612 24.6
     Region 13,697 56,579,620 24.2
U.S. Totals 96,096 329,484,123 29.2

(*) number of drug-induced deaths (intentional and unintentional) per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on October 24, 2022

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