Death rate from opioid overdose in the U.S. in 2017, by ethnicity

This statistic shows the death rate from opioid overdose in the U.S. in 2017, by ethnicity, per 100,000 people. In that year, around 19.4 people of white ethnicity per 100,000 people died from an opioid overdose.

Opioid overdose death rate in the U.S. in 2017, by ethnicity (per 100,000 people)*

Overdose deaths per 100,000 people
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Release date

January 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

* The National Vital Statistics System multiple cause-of-death mortality files were used to identify drug overdose deaths. Drug overdose deaths were classified using the International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), based on the ICD-10 underlying cause-of-death codes X40–44 (unintentional), X60–64 (suicide), X85 (homicide), or Y10–Y14 (undetermined intent). Among the deaths with drug overdose as the underlying cause, the type of opioid involved is indicated by the following ICD-10 multiple cause-of-death codes: opioids (T40.0, T40.1, T40.2, T40.3, T40.4, or T40.6); natural and semisynthetic opioids (T40.2); methadone (T40.3); synthetic opioids, other than methadone (T40.4); and heroin (T40.1).
Other races are excluded from this table.
Deaths from illegally-made fentanyl cannot be distinguished from pharmaceutical fentanyl in the data source. For this reason, deaths from both legally prescribed and illegally produced fentanyl are included in these data.

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