U.S. Fentanyl Death Statistics

Fentanyl Deaths Mortality

In 2016, overdoses from fentanyl and similar opioids resulted in

19,413 deaths

—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

One of the main culprits behind the growing opioid epidemic are synthetic opioids like fentanyl. These drugs accounted for over 45 percent of opioid overdose deaths in 2016. 

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. 

Note: lack of data does not necessarily mean zero deaths from fentanyl. The CDC does not report death rates with a numerator value less than 20. 

How do fentanyl overdose death rates vary by state?

How do fentanyl overdose death rates differ by sex?

How do fentanyl and other synthetic opioid deaths differ by age?

How are different races affected by fentanyl overdoses?

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 MCD codes T40.4.