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.
NotesThese 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, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes all races. 2000-2015 rates are not shown for Asians because there were too few deaths to calculate a reliable rate.
- Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
- Population Estimates, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
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
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
Healthy People Objective: Reduce drug-induced deathsU.S. Target: 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population
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.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The drug-induced death rate among New Jersey residents is 1.3 times that of the nation as a whole.
Available ServicesHotlines: [https://nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/home/hotlines/] NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Project Medicine Drop: [http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/]
Health Program InformationNJ Opioid Dashboard: [https://nj.gov/health/populationhealth/opioid/index.shtml] 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 07/15/2019, Published on 07/18/2019