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Death rate due to prescription opioid overdose U.S. 2015-2016, by gender

This statistic shows the annual death rate for prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States in 2015 and 2016, by gender. According to the data, in 2016 males had a prescription opioid overdose death rate of about 6.2 per 100,000 population.

U.S. death rate from prescription opioid overdose in 2015 and 2016, by gender

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Release date

March 2018


United States

Survey time period

2015 and 2016

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. Rates are age-adjusted using the direct method and the 2000 U.S. standard population, except for age-specific crude rates. All rates are per 100,000 population."

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