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Health Indicator Report of Drug-Induced Deaths

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.

Notes

These rates are based on death certificate data only. Death certificate cause of death coding does not give the necessary level of detail to show the contribution of each drug individually when multiple substances are involved, as is the case for a large proportion of drug poisoning deaths.   Data for White and Black do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes all races. Rates are not shown for Asians because there are too few deaths to calculate a reliable rate until 2016 when the rate was 2.4.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html]

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

Definition

Drug-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.'''''

Numerator

The number of drug-induced deaths

Denominator

The total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce drug-induced deaths

U.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.

Available Services

Hotlines: [http://nj.gov/health/integratedhealth/dmhas/hotlines/] NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Project Medicine Drop: [http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/]

Health Program Information

Opioids 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/]
Page Content Updated On 04/06/2018, Published on 04/06/2018
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