Number of U.S. drug overdose deaths 2015-2017, by age

This statistic presents the number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. from 2015 to 2017, by age group. In 2017, those aged between 25 to 34 years had the highest number of drug overdose deaths, with 17,400. Opioids - primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin - are the main driver of overdose deaths.

Number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. from 2015 to 2017, by age

Age group201520162017
15 to 24 years4,2355,3765,455
25 to 34 years 11,88015,44317,400
35 to 44 years11,50514,18315,949
45 to 54 years12,97414,77115,996
55 to 64 years8,90110,63211,747
65 years and older2,7603,0753,529
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Release date

2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2017

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