How Many People Die From Drugs? Drug Death Statistics

Key Drug Overdose Death Statistics

There are over 96,000 that die from drug overdoses in a single year.
  • Seven out of every 10 opioid deaths are caused by overdose.
  • Since 1999, nearly one million people have died from a drug overdose.

Recent Drug Overdose Deaths

  • Between March 2020 and March 2021, overdose deaths were 36% greater than the past year’s total from December 2018 and December 2019, amounting to 71,130 deaths.
  • Early reports show that drug overdose deaths in the United States rose 29% in 2020.
  • At the beginning of 2021, drug overdose death rates toppled homicides by 306%.
At the beginning of 2021, drug overdose death rates toppled homicides by 306%.
  • Motor vehicle wrecks and suicides together killed 84% more than overdoses did.

Drug Overdose Death Rates

  • Countrywide, the overdose rate is 21 deaths for every 100,000 people.
  • Young people and adults between 15 and 24 years old have a mean yearly overdose rate that’s 12 for every 100,000 people.
  • The overdose death rate for the same group is 41% less than the countrywide death rate average.
  • Men are two times more likely than women to die from a drug overdose.
  • Women die from a drug overdose at a small yearly increase.
  • Males between 25 and 34 years old have an overdose death rate that leads women by 146%.
  • Opioids are the most dangerous type of drug, with one kind of opioid having a factor of 71% in overdose deaths.
Opioids are the most dangerous type of drug, with one kind of opioid having a factor of 71% in overdose deaths.
  • Opioids are responsible for killing more people than cocaine and are three times the rate.
  • Overdose deaths come in immediately under diabetes for the greatest death count.
  • From 2018 to 2019, drug overdose rates decreased by 4.6%, the first fall since 2012.

Opioid Overdose Death Rates

  • Opioids kill over 136 American each day.
  • The nationwide overdose death rate rose 255% from 2000 to 2019.
  • The year-over-year increase in death was 51% between 2015 and 2016. Synthetic opioid overdose deaths increased two times that same year.
  • Overdose death for all opioids increased by 27% between 2015 and 2016.
  • Overdose death rates for heroin rose by 55% yearly rate.
  • The overdose death rate for synthetic opioids rose at a yearly rate of 580% in five years between 2012 and 2017.

Overdose Deaths By Demographics

  • For men, overdose fatalities have risen at a yearly growth rate of 14%.
  • For females, overdose fatalities have grown at a yearly rate of 14.96%.
  • Regarding women, Black Americans are at greater risk of dying from an overdose.
  • For either gender, Asian and Pacific Islanders are less likely to lose their life from an overdose.
  • Men between the ages of 25 and 34 are more at risk than any age group to die from an overdose.
  • Within the 25 to 34 male age group, the overdose death rate is about 146% greater than women between the same ages.
  • For women, ODs are more frequent for those between 45 and 54 years old.
  • In the same 45 or 54-year-old age group, men are 75% more likely to pass.

Drug Overdose Statistics By State

Alabama

  • Maryland has the highest overdose death rate in the US, with 4.68% of yearly deaths that are directly caused by drugs.
  • The greatest amount of drug overdose fatalities occur in California, with 6,198 on average per year.
  • The most per-capita drug overdoses occur in West Virginia, where 52.8 for every 100,000 people in the state suffer from overdoses.
  • Wyoming contains a smaller number of overdose fatalities, with around 79 per year.
  • The greatest three-year fall in overdose occurred in Oklahoma, with an 8.05% decline in the last year.
  • The state of Delaware has the biggest three-year increase in overdoses, with 16% in the last year.

Alaska

  • Has 768 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by less than 1%.
  • Has a death rate of 16 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 21% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 1% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Arizona

  • Has 1,907 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 9%.
  • Has a death rate of 26 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 29% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 2% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Arkansas

  • Has 388 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses decreased by 0.67%.
  • Has a death rate of 13 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 34% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.55% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

California

  • Has 6,198 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 10%.
  • Has a death rate of 15 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 27% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 8% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Colorado

  • Has 1,079 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 2%.
  • Has a death rate of 18 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 13% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 1% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Connecticut

  • Has 1,214 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.89% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 8%.
  • Has a death rate of 34 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 67% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 1.73% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Delaware

  • Has 435 annual drug overdoses.
  • 4% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 16%.
  • Has a death rate of 48 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 131% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.62% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Florida

  • Has 5,268 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses decreased by 0.62%.
  • Has a death rate of 25 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 23% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 7.49% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Georgia

  • Has 1,408 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1.65% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 0.18%.
  • Has a death rate of 13 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 36% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 2% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Hawaii

  • Has 242 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 2%.
  • Has a death rate of 15 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 23% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.34% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Idaho

  • Has 265 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1.86% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 0.57%.
  • Has a death rate of 15 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 27% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.38% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Illinois

  • Has 2,790 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 6%.
  • Has a death rate of 21 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 5% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 3% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Indiana

  • Has 1,699 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 4%.
  • Has a death rate of 26 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 28% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 2% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Iowa

  • Has 352 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1.16% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 3%.
  • Has a death rate of 11 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 44% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.50% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Kansas

  • Has 403 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 8%.
  • Has a death rate of 14 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 30% lower than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.57% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Kentucky

  • Has 1,380 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses lowered by 0.25%.
  • Has a death rate of 32 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 57% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 1.96% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Louisiana

  • Has 1,267 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.75% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 9%.
  • Has a death rate of 28 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 36% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 1% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Maine

  • Has 371 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 2%.
  • Has a death rate of 29 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 44% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.53% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Maryland

  • Has 2,369 annual drug overdoses.
  • 4% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 4%.
  • Has a death rate of 38 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 84% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 3% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Massachusetts

  • Has 2,210 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses decreased by 0.85%.
  • Has a death rate of 32 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 55% more than the countrywide rate.
  • 3% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Michigan

  • Has 2,385 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 0.43%.
  • Has a death rate of 24 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 17% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 3% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Minnesota

  • Has 792 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 5%.
  • Has a death rate of 14 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 31% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 1.13% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Mississippi

  • Has 394 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 5%.
  • Has a death rate of 13 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 34% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.56% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Missouri

  • Has 1,583 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.51% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 4.84%.
  • Has a death rate of 26 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 29% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 2.25% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Montana

  • Has 143 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 9%.
  • Has a death rate of 14 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 31% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.20% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Nebraska

  • Has 161 annual drug overdoses.
  • 0.95% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 11%.
  • Has a death rate of 8 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 57% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.23% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Nevada

  • Has 647 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses decreased by 2.52%.
  • Has a death rate of 20 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 2.90% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.92% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

New Hampshire

  • Has 407 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.19% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses decreased by 6.31%.
  • Has a death rate of 32 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 54% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.58% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

New Jersey

  • Has 2,805 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.70% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 11%.
  • Has a death rate of 31 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 53% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 3% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

New Mexico

  • Has 599 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.15% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 6%.
  • Has a death rate of 30 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 45% more than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.85% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

New York

  • Has 3,617 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 0.52%.
  • Has a death rate of 18 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 12% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 5% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

North Carolina

  • Has 2,266 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.41% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 4.95%.
  • Has a death rate of 22.3 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 7.73% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 3.22% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

North Dakota

  • Has 82 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1.27% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 3.16%.
  • Has a death rate of 11.4 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 44.93% smaller than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.12% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Ohio

  • Has 4,251 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.42% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 0.88%.
  • Has a death rate of 38 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 85% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 6.05% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Oklahoma

  • Has 645 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses decreased by 8.05%.
  • Has a death rate of 16.7 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 19.32% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.92% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Oregon

  • Has 615 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1.70% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 5.64%.
  • Has a death rate of 14 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 32.37% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.87% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Pennsylvania

  • Has 4,377 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.25% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses decreased by 1%.
  • Has a death rate of 35 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 71% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 6.22% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Rhode Island

  • Has 307 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.04% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses lowered by 1.43%.
  • Has a death rate of 29 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 42% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.44% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

South Carolina

  • Has 1,127 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.23% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 7.98%.
  • Has a death rate of 22.7 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 9.96% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 1.60% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

South Dakota

  • Has 86 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 11.53%.
  • Has a death rate of 10.5 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 49% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.12% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Tennessee

  • Has 2,089 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.94% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 8.49%.
  • Has a death rate of 31.2 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 50.72% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 2.97% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Texas

  • Has 3,136 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1.55% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 2.28%.
  • Has a death rate of 10.8 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 47.83% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 4.46% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Utah

  • Has 571 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.11% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 5.38%.
  • Has a death rate of 18.9 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 8.70% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.81% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Vermont

  • Has 133 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 2%.
  • Has a death rate of 23 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 14% more than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.19% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Virginia

  • Has 1,547 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.23% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 3.24%.
  • Has a death rate of 18.3 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 11% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 2.20% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Washington

  • Has 1,259 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.21% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 2.99%.
  • Has a death rate of 15.8 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 23% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 1.79% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

West Virginia

  • Has 870 annual drug overdoses.
  • 3.71% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 0.93%.
  • Has a death rate of 52.8 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 155.07% higher than the countrywide rate.
  • 1.24% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Wisconsin

  • Has 1,201 annual drug overdoses.
  • 2.24% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 3.42%.
  • Has a death rate of 21.1 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 1.93% greater than the countrywide rate.
  • 1.71% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

Wyoming

  • Has 79 annual drug overdoses.
  • 1.56% of the deaths in the state are caused by overdose.
  • In the last three years, the annual rate of drug overdoses increased by 4.24%.
  • Has a death rate of 14.1 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state.
  • The death rate is 31.88% less than the countrywide rate.
  • 0.11% of countrywide overdose deaths happen in the state.

How Many People Die From Drugs Each Year?

  • Over 96,000 people in the US die from drug overdose every year. Globally, over 150,000 people die from overdoses.
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Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth Drew graduated from Hahnemann University School of Medicine and completed her family practice residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown PA. In 2005, she opened her family medicine office in Doylestown, and in 2008 she treated her first patient for opiate addiction. Since then Dr. Drew has attained her board certification in Addiction Medicine, treated more than a thousand patients for addiction to opiates and alcohol, participated in programs to educate the community, traveled to Washington DC to educate our legislators, and served as Medical Director at some of the best addiction treatment programs in Pennsylvania. She understands that addiction is a chronic disease that no one would choose to have, and her treatment philosophy is based on respect, compassion, and empowerment. She is excited to be the Medical Director of MPower Wellness and work to provide superior addiction treatment in Chester County.

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