U.S. drug overdose age-adjusted death rates from 1999 to 2018, by gender

This statistic presents the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate in the U.S. from 1999 to 2018, by gender, per 100,000 population. In 2018, the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate for males was 27.9 per 100,000 population. Opioids - primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin - are the main driver of overdose deaths.

Age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. from 1999 to 2018, by gender

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Release date

2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

1999 to 2018

Special properties

age-adjusted

Supplementary notes

Deaths are classified using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD–10). Drug overdose deaths are identified using underlying cause-of-death codes X40–X44, X60–X64, X85, and Y10–Y14. Age-adjusted death rates were calculated by applying age-specific death rates to the 2000 U.S standard population age distribution.

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