About This Statistic
This statistic represents the drug overdose death rate in the United States as of 2015, sorted by U.S. state. In 2015, the highest rate of drug overdose death was found in the state of West Virginia with 41.5 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Opioids - primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin - are the main driver of overdose deaths. Opioids have been blamed for an increase in drug overdose deaths in recent years, with many claiming the United States is currently going through an opioid epidemic.