This Is Where Utah Ranks In Drug Overdose Deaths In 2020


More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in the US in 2020, an increase of nearly 30% from 2019 and the highest rate ever recorded in a single year, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Addiction experts say the increase in overdose deaths is largely due to the increasing presence of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl in the United States. Other factors include issues related to the coronavirus pandemic such as increased isolation and job losses.

Utah has the 17th-fewest drug overdose deaths per capita in 2020. There were 19 fatal overdoses per 100,000, or a total of 622 deaths related to drug overdoses.

Last year, most reported spikes in drug overdose deaths after deaths fell in 2019. In Utah, there were 18 fatal drug overdoses per 100,000 population in the state in 2019, or a total of 575.

The average number of overdose deaths in Utah between 2015 and 2019 was 20 per 100,000 population per year, the 25th of all US states, or an average of 630 overdose deaths per year.

To determine the states with the highest drug overdose death rates, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the CDC’s recently published preliminary estimates of drug overdose deaths. States are ranked by the number of drug-related deaths per 100,000 population. These are the states with the highest number of drug overdose deaths per capita in 2020. These are the states with the highest number of drug overdose deaths in 2020.

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