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Share of infant drug-involved deaths in the U.S., 2015-2017, by maternal ethnicity

Distribution of infant drug-involved deaths compared to all infant deaths in the United States from 2015 to 2017, by ethnicity of mother

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Release date

June 2021


United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2017

Age group

under 1 year

Supplementary notes

"Drug involvement was considered the underlying cause of death when the underlying cause-of-death code was one of the following: Newborn affected by maternal use of drugs of addiction (P04.4); Newborn affected by maternal noxious influences (P04.8–P04.9); Neonatal withdrawal symptoms from maternal use of drugs of addiction (P96.1); Accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances (X40–X44); Assault (homicide) by drugs, medicaments, and biological substances (X85); or Poisoning by and exposure to drugs, medicaments and biological substances (Y10–Y14)."

"Drug involvement was considered a contributing cause of death if any of the ICD–10 codes listed above were identified as a contributing cause of death or if a cause of death was coded to Findings of drugs and other substances, not normally found in blood (R78.1–R78.5); Poisonings by narcotics and psychodysleptics (T40), barbiturates (T42.2), benzodiazepines (T42.4), psychostimulants with abuse potential (T43.6), or other psychotropic drugs (T43.8–T43.9); or Sequelae of poisoning by various substances (T96–T97)."

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