U.S. Fentanyl Death Statistics

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One of the main culprits behind the growing opioid epidemic are synthetic opioids like fentanyl. The death rate from these drugs has 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)

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. 

How do fentanyl overdose death rates vary by state?

How do fentanyl overdose death rates differ by sex?

How do fentanyl 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 Multiple Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes T40.4.