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Atlantic County Public Health Profile Report

Drug-Induced Deaths: Rate per 100,000 Population, 2017

  • Atlantic
    95% Confidence Interval (46.0 - 63.7)
  • Atlantic Compared to State

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    Description of the Gauge

    This graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
    • Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
    • Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

    The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."
    NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.

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.

How Are We Doing?

Between 2010 and 2017, the age-adjusted death rate due to drug-induced causes more than tripled 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 were statistically significant until 2017 when the rate among Blacks rose dramatically, nearing the White rate. The rate varies widely by county, from a low of 16.3 in Bergen to a high of 69.8 in Cape May County.

Healthy People Objective SA-12:

Reduce drug-induced deaths
U.S. Target: 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population

Related Indicators

Risk Factors:

Health Status Outcomes:


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.  **The value has been suppressed because there were too few deaths to calculate a reliable rate.

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  

Measure Description for Drug-Induced Deaths

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

Indicator Profile Report

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Drug-Induced Causes (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

The information provided above is from the Department of Health's NJSHAD web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Tue, 02 June 2020 15:03:16 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: ".

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