, Health Statistics
, Drug & Alcohol Statistics
, The United States
CDC National Center for Health Statistics. (2015). "NCHS Data on Drug Poisoning Deaths"
Data is the top 5 U.S. states with the highest fatality rate from illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, etc, and legal prescription drugs such as opioid analgesic pain relievers. Data is for the year 2012 is age-adjusted deaths per 100,000 standard population. Opioid analgesics include: natural and semisynthetic opioid analgesics such as hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, methadone and other synthetic opioid analgesics such as fentanyl and meperidine. Drug poisoning deaths can result from taking an overdose of a drug, being given the wrong drug, taking a drug in error, or taking a drug inadvertently. Drug poisoning deaths on this list include all intents (i.e., unintentional, suicide, homicide, and undetermined intent).