Thursday, October 13, 2022

Drug-Induced Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

In 2020 there were over 96,000 drug-induced deaths in the United States or about 29.2 such deaths per 100,000 population.  By comparison, in 2019 the U.S. suffered just over 74,500 drug-induced deaths, recording 22.7 such deaths per 100,000 population.  The year-to-year increase in U.S. drug-induced deaths reflects the continuation of an unfavorable trend, that goes back at least two decades, in drug overdose deaths.  Since 1999, more than 93% of drug-induced deaths in the U.S. have been attributable to overdoses, both intentional and unintentional.  In 2020 the five-state Great Lakes region recorded nearly 15,900 drug-induced deaths, giving the region a collective drug-induced death rate of 33.9 such deaths per 100,000 population.  While the region's drug-induced death rate was 16% above the national average in 2020, these results were skewed by particularly high drug death rates in Ohio.  Two states in the region, Illinois and Wisconsin, recorded drug-induced death rates in 2020 that were below the national average.  A closer inspection of data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals the following about drug-induced death rates in the Great Lakes region.:

Drug Induced Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Drug-Induced Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Illinois 3,629 12,587,530 28.8
Indiana 2,369 6,754,953 35.1
Michigan 2,957 9,966,555 29.7
Ohio 5,376 11,693,217 46.0
Wisconsin 1,560 5,832,655 26.7
     Region 15,891 46,834,910 33.9
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 8, 2022

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