50-State Analysis of Drug Overdose Trends: The Evolving Opioid Crisis Across the States (Infographics)
This set of two-page infographics uses estimates from SHADAC’s State Health Compare online data tool to explore the evolving opioid overdose epidemic across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, examining state variation in both the prevalence of opioid deaths and the types of opioids associated with these deaths. Additionally, due to growing concern and evidence that the opioid crisis may be expanding to other non-opioid illicit drugs, we have included data on drug overdose deaths from two types of drugs that are commonly involved in opioid overdoses: cocaine and psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine. ,
The infographics highlight key findings for trends in drug overdose deaths from 2000-2017, show how each state's overdose rates compare to the national average, and provide a high-level comparison of all 50 states' overdose death rates broken down by each of the five drug types.
50-State Analysis: Opioid and Non-Opioid Illicit Drug Overdose Rates, 2000-2017
Data Source: The State Health Compare estimates for opioid overdose death rates come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics via the CDC WONDER Database. CDC WONDER manages nearly 20 collections of public-use data for U.S. births, deaths, cancer diagnoses, tuberculosis cases, vaccinations, environmental exposures, and population estimates, among many other topics, and partners with organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. Data is available for years 1999 to 2017, and users are able to view estimates for all available data years and for all five drug types at both the national and state levels.
Further Reading and Resources
New Data on Drug Overdose Death Highlight the Need for State-Level Analysis
SHADAC Blog, December 2018
Exploring the New State-Level Opioid Data on SHADAC’s State Health Compare
SHADAC Webinar (Recording and Presentation Materials), September 2018
The Changing Opioid Epidemic: State Trends, 2000-2016
SHADAC Blog, August 2018
The Changing Opioid Epidemic: National Trends, 2000-2016
SHADAC Blog, July 2018
The Opioid Epidemic: National and State Trends in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths, 2000-2016
SHADAC Issue Briefs, June 2018
 Although reports of illicit drugs being tainted with synthetic opioids are relatively common, it is unclear whether deaths involving multiple drugs are typically the result of drugs being intentionally mixed by or unintentionally contaminated through traffickers’ sloppiness, or because individual drug users are concurrently abusing multiple different drugs of their own volition.