California Fentanyl Death Statistics
One of the main culprits behind the growing opioid epidemic are synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Nationally, the death rate from these drugs increased by 1,125% between 2011 and 2017, according to mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are used in prescription drugs, these substances are increasingly being illegally manufactured and distributed alongside—or mixed with—illegal drugs like heroin. Many opioid-related deaths involve more than one type of drug.
The data for this report shows opioid-related overdose deaths due to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids (excluding methadone) in California.
How do fentanyl and other synthetic opioid overdose deaths differ by sex in California?
How do fentanyl and other synthetic opioid deaths differ by race in California?
About the Data
Mortality data in this story was queried from the CDC Wonder API. Data reported as Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes: X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14; and Multiple Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes T40.4.
Note: lack of data does not necessarily mean zero deaths. The CDC does not report death rates with a numerator value less than 20, or counts fewer than 10.