Here Is Where Your State Ranks For Deadly Drug Overdoses

As most Americans know, the United States is experiencing a opioid epidemic. Last year, over 70,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses—more than all those who died in the Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam wars combined.

Graph Source: The Guardian

“The growing drugs crisis sweeping across the US is deadlier than gun violence, car crashes or AIDS,” the Guardian reports, “none of which have killed as many Americans in a single year as overdoses did in 2017.”

This is one of the main reasons that Americans’ life expectancies has declined, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The drug epidemic is impacting the 50 different states differently–with some being impacted much more than others.

For example, according to CDC data, West Virginia which has the most drug overdose deaths (per 100,000 residents) in the U.S. has more than eight times the amount of deaths than Nebraska, which has the least.

However, in terms of sheer numbers of deaths from drug overdoses, Florida tops the list (at 4,728), with California not far behind (at 4,654).

Here are the top 10 states with highest number of deaths due to drug overdoses.

Image Source: Center for Disease Control

Here is the ranking by state:

  1. West Virginia — 52.0 deaths per 100,000 residents
  2. Ohio — 39.1 deaths per 100,000 residents
  3. New Hampshire — 39.0 deaths per 100,000 residents
  4. Pennsylvania — 37.9 deaths per 100,000 residents
  5. Kentucky — 33.5 deaths per 100,000 residents
  6. Maryland — 33.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
  7. Massachusetts — 33.0 deaths per 100,000 residents
  8. Rhode Island (tie) — 30.8 deaths per 100,000 residents
  9. Delaware (tie) — 30.8 deaths per 100,000 residents
  10. Maine — 28.7 deaths per 100,000 residents
  11. Connecticut — 27.4 deaths per 100,000 residents
  12. New Mexico — 25.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
  13. Tennessee — 24.5 deaths per 100,000 residents
  14. Michigan — 24.4 deaths per 100,000 residents
  15. Indiana — 24.0 deaths per 100,000 residents
  16. Florida — 23.7 deaths per 100,000 residents
  17. Missouri — 23.6 deaths per 100,000 residents
  18. New Jersey — 23.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
  19. Utah — 22.4 deaths per 100,000 residents
  20. Vermont — 22.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
  21. Lousiana — 21.8 deaths per 100,000 residents
  22. Nevada — 21.7 deaths per 100,000 residents
  23. Oklahoma — 21.5 deaths per 100,000 residents
  24. Arizona — 20.3 deaths per 100,000 residents
  25. North Carolina — 19.7 deaths per 100,00 residents
  26. Wisconsin — 19.3 deaths per 100,000 residents
  27. Illinois — 18.9 deaths per 100,000 residents
  28. South Carolina — 18.1 deaths per 100,000 residents
  29. New York — 18.0 deaths per 100,000 residents
  30. Wyoming — 17.6 deaths per 100,000 residents
  31. Alaska — 16.8 deaths per 100,000 residents
  32. Virginia — 16.7 deaths per 100,000 residents
  33. Colorado — 16.6 deaths per 100,000 residents
  34. Alabama — 16.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
  35. Idaho — 15.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
  36. Washington — 14.5 deaths per 100,000 residents
  37. Arkansas — 14.0 deaths per 100,000 residents
  38. Georgia — 13.3 deaths per 100,000 residents
  39. Hawaii — 12.8 deaths per 100,000 residents
  40. Minnesota — 12.5 deaths per 100,000 residents
  41. Mississippi — 12.1 deaths per 100,000 residents
  42. Oregon — 11.9 deaths per 100,000 residents
  43. Montana — 11.7 deaths per 100,000 residents
  44. California — 11.2 deaths per 100,000 residents
  45. Kansas — 11.1 deaths per 100,000 residents
  46. North Dakota (tie) — 10.6 deaths per 100,000 residents
  47. Iowa (tie) — 10.6 deaths per 100,000 residents
  48. Texas — 10.1 deaths per 100,000 residents
  49. South Dakota — 8.4 deaths per 100,000 residents
  50. Nebraska — 6.4 per 100,000 residents

Image Source: The Guardian

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