Health Outcomes

Drug deaths per 100,000 population

Number of drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 population

About this data measure

  • Drug overdose is one of the leading causes of injury-related death in the United States. Particularly for overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl), the number of deaths has significantly increased in the past few years (Source: CDC)
  • While the rate of drug poisoning deaths in Rhode Island decreased between 2016 and 2019, this trend has likely reversed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Rates of drug poisoning deaths are highest among males, those between the ages of 25 and 64, and Black Rhode Islanders.
  • The Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force has focused on responding to the overdose crisis, and the task force’s website includes additional recent information and data.

Source: CDC WONDER Online Database, Mortality - Multiple Cause of Death files

Drug deaths over time

Drug deaths demographic breakout