An August 16, 2018 report from the CDC highlights the provisional data on drug overdose death counts and year-to-year changes. Click here to access the original posting:
What do we learn from the report?
- The opioid epidemic is still very much with us: Reported drug overdose deaths rose on average 6.3% in the US in 2017 largely fueled by opioids, particularly the synthetic agents. Reported values for overdose deaths went up from 63,938 for the 12 months ending December, 2016 to 70,689 for the 12 months ending December, 2017. The report notes that counts for 2017 were under-reported due to incomplete data.
- There is good news in that more states in 2017 saw rates decrease compared to 2016: 13 states had a zero or negative rate for 2017 compared to 10 states in 2016.
- A number of states continue to be in danger despite increases in attention: In short, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the other seven states making up the set with the 10 highest drug overdose deaths per 100,000 population in 2016 continue the trend into 2017, just switching among themselves in the rankings.
To access summaries for all 50 states click here. Below are abbreviated tables.
States with the highest absolute drug overdose death counts
States with the highest drug overdose death rates per 100,000
States with the greatest percent increases in drug overdose deaths 2016-17