Mercer County Opioid Death Statistics
Opioid overdoses have skyrocketed since the late 1990's, becoming the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. In 2017, there were over 47,000 opioid overdose deaths in the United States—more than from automobile accidents or firearm-related homicides. Many of those overdose deaths were from heroin and black-market fentanyl, which are surging in popularity.
This report presents data on opioid deaths in Mercer County, Illinois, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Demographics of Opioid Overdose Deaths in Mercer County, Illinois
The opioid crisis is not distributed evenly across the United States—geographically or demographically. These charts compare opioid overdose rates in Mercer County by demographic groups, with the U.S. and Illinois rate included as a benchmark.
About the Data
The data in this article was queried from CDC Wonder, based on the following parameters:
• UCD codes: F11.0, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14
• MCD codes: T40.0-T40.4, T40.6
Note that for counties and demographic groups with small populations, data may not be available as the CDC suppresses reporting of small death counts for privacy reasons.