Sunday, November 6, 2022

Drug-Induced Death Rates in the Great Plains Region

In excess of 96,000 drug-induced deaths were recorded in the United States in 2020.  More than 95% of those fatalities were attributable to drug overdoses. Nationally, in 2020 the U.S. recorded approximately 29.2 drug-induced deaths per 100,000 population.  By comparison, in 2019 the U.S. suffered about 74,500 drug-related deaths, which yielded a drug-induced death rate of 22.7 per 100,000 population.  The year-over-year jump in U.S. drug-induced death statistics was a continuation of a negative trend that goes back more than twenty years.  In 2020 the seven-state Great Plains region recorded 4,542 drug-induced deaths, giving the region a collective drug-induced death rate of 21.1 such deaths per 100,000 population.  The region's collective drug-induced death rate was nearly 28% below the national average in 2020 as only one state in the region, Missouri, incurred a drug-induced death rate that was worse than the national average.  A closer study of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about drug-induced death rates in the Great Plains region:

Drug Induced Death Rates in the Great Plains Region

Drug-Induced Death Rates in the Great Plains Region

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Iowa 450 3,163,561 14.2
Kansas 521 2,913,805 17.9
Minnesota 1,173 5,657,342 20.7
Missouri 1,951 6,151,548 31.7
Nebraska 237 1,937,552 12.2
North Dakota 124 765,309 16.2
South Dakota 86 892,717 9.6
     Region 4,542 21,481,834 21.1
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 31, 2022

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