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Share of U.S. drug overdose deaths in 2010, 2014 and 2015, by drug type

This statistic presents the distribution of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2010, 2014 and 2015, by drug type. In 2015, natural and semisynthetic opioids accounted for 24.3 percent of all drug overdose deaths, while heroin accounted for 24.8 percent of such deaths. Opioids, primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin, are the main driver of overdose deaths.

Distribution of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2010, 2014 and 2015, by drug type

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Release date

2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

2010, 2014 and 2015

Supplementary notes

Categories are not mutually exclusive because deaths may involve more than one drug. The percentage of drug overdose deaths lacking information on the specific drugs involved varied by year: 25% in 2010, 19% in 2014, and 17% in 2015.

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