More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2020, an increase of almost 30% from 2019 and the most on record in a single year, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drug addiction experts say the increase in overdose deaths is largely due to the increased presence of the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl in the United States. Other contributors include issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as increased isolation and job losses.
Utah is the state with the 17th lowest number of drug overdose deaths per capita in 2020. There were 19 fatal overdoses per 100,000, for a total of 622 drug overdose deaths.
Last year, most reported an increase in drug overdose deaths after seeing a decrease in deaths in 2019. In Utah, there were 18 fatal drug overdoses in the state per 100,000 population, for a total of 575, in 2019.
The average number of overdose deaths in Utah between 2015 and 2019 was 20 per 100,000 people per year, the 25th of all U.S. states, or an average of 630 overdose-related deaths per year.
To determine which states had the highest drug overdose death rates, 24/7 Wall St. looked at the CDC’s recently released preliminary estimates of drug overdose deaths. States are ranked by the number of drug-related deaths per 100,000 population. These are the states with the most drug overdose deaths per capita in 2020. These are the states with the most drug overdose deaths in 2020.