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Opioid Epidemic by State 2022

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 2022

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Opioid Epidemic by State 2022

* Rates are per 100,000 people
State Opioid Overdose Deaths Rate Opioid Prescriptions Rate 2022 Pop.
West Virginia49.681.31,755,715
Ohio39.263.511,727,377
New Hampshire3452.81,378,449
Maryland32.251.76,075,314
Maine29.955.71,359,677
Massachusetts28.2406,922,107
Kentucky27.986.84,487,233
Connecticut27.7483,546,588
Rhode Island26.9511,062,583
Michigan21.2749,995,212
Vermont2050.5622,882
North Carolina19.87210,807,491
Tennessee19.3947,001,803
Illinois17.251.112,518,071
Wisconsin16.952.65,867,518
New Mexico16.7562,109,093
Missouri16.571.86,184,843
New York16.137.819,223,191
Utah15.563.83,363,182
South Carolina15.5795,342,388
Virginia14.8538,638,218
Alaska13.952720,763
Arizona13.561.27,640,796
Nevada13.3733,238,601
Oklahoma10.288.14,007,179
Colorado10535,961,083
Georgia9.77110,936,299
Washington9.657.27,887,965
Oregon8.1664,325,290
Minnesota7.8415,739,781
Iowa6.9563,174,426
California5.339.539,664,128
Texas5.153.130,097,526
Hawaii3.4371,401,709
Wyoming65582,233
South Dakota49902,542
Pennsylvania57.712,805,190
North Dakota41.5774,008
New Jersey448,870,685
Nebraska571,960,790
Montana61.11,093,117
Mississippi932,961,536
Louisiana89.54,616,106
Kansas69.82,919,179
Indiana74.26,842,385
Idaho701,896,652
Florida6122,177,997
Delaware68.3998,619
Arkansas105.43,042,017
Alabama107.24,949,697

Opioid Epidemic by State 2022

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