Substance Use
Chariton County, Missouri

Chariton County
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Limiting usage of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is a major public health concern in Chariton County, Missouri. Drug poisoning deaths—driven in large part by the opioid crisis—are a top killer of Americans. Alcohol and tobacco use contribute to numerous health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Even when legally obtained, any substance can be dangerous to Chariton County residents when misused.

Alcohol and Tobacco Use in Missouri

Data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) tracks alcohol and tobacco usage in Missouri, broken down by age. 

2018, Overall

2018, Overall

Drug Overdose Deaths in Chariton County

Mortality data from CDC Wonder shows a rapidly worsening drug overdose crisis throughout the United States. Opioids, a group of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin, are at the forefront of the crisis. 

Perceptions of Risk in Missouri

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, asks respondents if they perceive using various substances as a "great risk." The estimated percentages of adults in Missouri who answered "yes" are shown below. 

Percent of Missouri adults who perceive the following as a "great risk":

Trying Heroin Once or Twice

Smoking 1+ Cigarette Packs per Day

Binge Drinking 1-2 Times per Week

The chart below shows the percentage estimates for binge drinking risk perception in Missouri, broken down by age and compared to the U.S. values. 

About the Data

• Binge drinking and smoking rate data is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Mortality data is from CDC Wonder. Drug overdose death data was queried based on the following parameters: Underlying cause of death, ICD-10 codes X40–X44, X60–X64, X85, Y10–Y14. Opioid data was queried from: Underlying cause of death, ICD-10 codes: F11.0, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14, and multiple cause of death, codes T40.0-T40.4, T40.6. The CDC does not report data for death counts fewer than 10, so data may be unavailable for small counties.

• Perceptions of risk data is from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The data is an estimate based on a two-year period.