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Opioid Epidemic By State 2021

In recent years, the use of opioids has been on the rise in the United States, causing an epidemic. Opioids are a class of drug that not only include the illegal drug heroin, but also legal drugs prescribed by doctors for pain. These drugs can help relieve severe pain but unfortunately are highly addictive, while withdrawals from not having the drug are painful. People that no longer have access to the legal drugs they are prescribed may purchase opioids illegally. Not only does this affect a person’s personal life and increase the chances for criminal charges, but abuse of opioids can lead to overdose … and even death.

The National Institution on Drug Abuse has released data for the opioid prescription rates and opioid overdose death rates from 2017. Based on this information, the state of Tennessee had the highest opioid prescription rate of 94.4 for every 100 persons. Oklahoma’s prescription rate was the second-highest in the nation at 88.1 per every 100 persons. Kentucky also had a high prescription rate at 86.8.

When it comes to overdoses caused by opioids, the highest rates of death were in West Virginia, where 49.6 out of every 100,000 persons died from an opioid-involved overdose death. Coming in second was Ohio with an opioid overdose rate of 39.2. The third highest rates of death occurred in Washington, D.C., where the rate was 34.7.

Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of opioid overdose:

  1. West Virginia (49.6)
  2. Ohio (39.2)
  3. New Hampshire (34)
  4. Maryland (32.2)
  5. Maine (29.9)
  6. Massachusetts (28.2)
  7. Kentucky (27.9)
  8. Connecticut (27.7)
  9. Rhode Island (26.9)
  10. Michigan (21.2)

Opioid Epidemic By State 2021

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Opioid Epidemic By State 2021

* Rates are per 100,000 people
State Opioid Overdose Deaths Rate Opioid Prescriptions Rate 2021 Pop.
West Virginia49.681.31,767,859
Ohio39.263.511,714,618
New Hampshire3452.81,372,203
Maryland32.251.76,065,436
Maine29.955.71,354,522
Massachusetts28.2406,912,239
Kentucky27.986.84,480,713
Connecticut27.7483,552,821
Rhode Island26.9511,061,509
Michigan21.2749,992,427
Vermont2050.5623,251
North Carolina19.87210,701,022
Tennessee19.3946,944,260
Illinois17.251.112,569,321
Wisconsin16.952.65,852,490
New Mexico16.7562,105,005
Missouri16.571.86,169,038
New York16.137.819,299,981
Utah15.563.83,310,774
South Carolina15.5795,277,830
Virginia14.8538,603,985
Alaska13.952724,357
Arizona13.561.27,520,103
Nevada13.3733,185,786
Oklahoma10.288.13,990,443
Colorado10535,893,634
Georgia9.77110,830,007
Washington9.657.27,796,941
Oregon8.1664,289,439
Minnesota7.8415,706,398
Iowa6.9563,167,974
California5.339.539,613,493
Texas5.153.129,730,311
Hawaii3.4371,406,430
Wyoming65581,075
South Dakota49896,581
Pennsylvania57.712,804,123
North Dakota41.5770,026
New Jersey448,874,520
Nebraska571,951,996
Montana61.11,085,004
Mississippi932,966,407
Louisiana89.54,627,002
Kansas69.82,917,224
Indiana74.26,805,663
Idaho701,860,123
Florida6121,944,577
Delaware68.3990,334
Arkansas105.43,033,946
Alabama107.24,934,193

Opioid Epidemic By State 2021