Number of drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, by drug type

Number of U.S. drug overdose deaths in 2016, by drug type This statistic shows the number of drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, by drug type. According to the data, 42,249 people overdosed and died from the use of any opioid in 2016.
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Number of deaths
Any opioid42,249
Synthetic opioids other than methadone19,413
Prescription opioids17,087
Heroin15,469
Natural and semi-synthetic opioids14,487
Cocaine10,375
Psychostimulants with abuse potential7,542
Methadone3,373
Number of deaths
Any opioid42,249
Synthetic opioids other than methadone19,413
Prescription opioids17,087
Heroin15,469
Natural and semi-synthetic opioids14,487
Cocaine10,375
Psychostimulants with abuse potential7,542
Methadone3,373
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This statistic shows the number of drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, by drug type. According to the data, 42,249 people overdosed and died from the use of any opioid in 2016.
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Release date
August 2018
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United States
Survey time period
2016

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