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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.


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 Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , National Center for Health Statistics, Multiple Cause of Death on CDC WONDER Online Database, []
  • 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

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


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.'''''


The number of drug-induced deaths


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 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 Services

Hotlines: [] NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Project Medicine Drop: []

Health Program Information

NJ Opioid Dashboard: [] Opioids in New Jersey: A realtime dashboard of opioid-related data and information: [] NJ Prescription Monitoring Program: []
Page Content Updated On 07/15/2019, Published on 12/29/2020
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