Drug Overdose Mortality Rate

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Drug Overdose Mortality Rate

What does this measure?

Deaths due to drug overdoses, expressed as a rate per 10,000 residents.

Why is this important?

In addition to ending a life tragically, a death by drug overdose profoundly affects surviving relatives and friends. Rising drug overdose deaths can reflect increasing rates of addiction, more potent and dangerous substances, inadequate systems to treat and support addicts, and other worrisome trends.

How is the region performing?

In 2020, the region had a rate of 35 drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. This was above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 26. Sullivan had the highest rate of drug poisoning deaths in the region at 63 per 100,000 residents, while Columbia and Putnam counties (17 and 21, respectively) had the lowest.

Notes about the data

Deaths may be accidental or intentional, or this information may be unknown. National data not available after 2018.

Drug Overdose Mortality Rate
Columbia County3.
Dutchess County3.
Greene County5.
Orange County5.
Putnam County5.
Sullivan County7.
Ulster County3.
NYS (excluding NYC)

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate per 100,000 residents. Numbers are age-adjusted.