DefinitionDrug-induced death causes include those with an underlying cause of drug overdoses, drug psychoses, drug dependence, various drug-induced diseases and disorders, non-dependent abuse of drugs other than alcohol or tobacco, finding of drugs in the blood, suicide by drugs, homicidal poisoning by any drug or medicament, or drug poisoning that is undetermined whether accidentally or purposefully inflicted. '''''This includes, but is not limited to, opioids.'''''
NumeratorThe number of drug-induced deaths
DenominatorThe total number of persons in the population
Data Interpretation Issues"Drug-induced causes" of death includes more than just unintentional overdoses. Please read this health indicator report's Definition carefully. Drug-induced causes of death are determined by these ICD-10 codes: D52.1, D59.0, D59.2, D61.1, D64.2, E06.4, E16.0, E23.1, E24.2, E27.3, E66.1, F11.1-F11.5, F11.7-F11.9, F12.1-F12.5, F12.7-F12.9, F13.1-F13.5, F13.7-F13.9, F14.1-F14.5, F14.7-F14.9, F15.1-F15.5, F15.7-F15.9, F16.1-F16.5, F16.7-F16.9, F17.3-F17.5, F17.7-F17.9, F18.1-F18.5, F18.7-F18.9, F19.1-F19.5, F19.7-F19.9, G21.1, G24.0, G25.1, G25.4, G25.6, G44.4, G62.0, G72.0, I95.2, J70.2-J70.4, K85.3, L10.5, L27.0-L27.1, M10.2, M32.0, M80.4, M81.4, M83.5, M87.1, R50.2, R78.1-R78.5, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14
Why Is This Important?Substance abuse affects all racial, ethnic, and income groups and results in substantial morbidity and mortality, as well as contributing to crime and other social and economic problems.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce drug-induced deathsU.S. Target: 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population
How Are We Doing?Between 2011 and 2016, the age-adjusted death rate due to drug-induced causes more than doubled among New Jersey residents. The rate is highest among Whites, followed in order by Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. The differences between each racial/ethnic group are statistically significant. The rate varies widely by county, from a low of 12.5 in Bergen to a high of 48.5 in Ocean County.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The drug-induced death rate among New Jersey residents is above that of the nation as a whole.
Health Program InformationOpioids in New Jersey: A realtime dashboard of opioid-related data and information: [http://www.nj.gov/oag/njcares/]
NJ Prescription Monitoring Program: [http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pmp/]