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Death Rate In The US
Below are 15 facts and statistics about drug abuse and drug-related deaths in the US.
- In 2017, there were 70,237 deaths from drug overdose in the US.
- Opioids are the number one substance involved in drug-related deaths, often with a mixture of different opiates or other drug classes.
- Opioids were involved in 47,600 deaths from drug overdose in 2017 in the US, which is more than half (about 68%) of total drug overdose deaths.
- The top five states with the most deaths from drug overdose in 2017 were West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia (the nation’s capital), and Kentucky.
- Nearly half the states (24 out of 50) saw a statistically significant increase in drug overdose death from 2016 to 2017, primarily on the East and West coasts.
- The number one opioid involved in drug overdose deaths in 2017 was Fentanyl.
- Drug overdoses by women in the US have increased by 260% in the past 20 years.
- The combination of drug overdose deaths and suicide deaths have lowered life expectancy in the US for the past two years in a row.
- Statistics reveal that most people who die from opioid overdose started their drug use with a prescription for legal opioids from a doctor.
- Inadvertent overdose is the current number cause of death in people under the age of 50.
- In 2016 alone, more people died from drug overdose than in the Vietnam War.
- Heroin overdoses have quadrupled since 2010.
- People from ages 25 to 44 have the highest death rates from drug overdose.
- Caucasians are the racial group with the highest number of drug overdose deaths, although it is increasing across every ethnic group.
- Fatal Fentanyl overdoses can occur in seconds or minutes.