Special Report

States With the Most Drug Overdose Deaths in 2020

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45. Idaho
> 2020 overdose fatality: 16 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 280)
> 2019 overdose fatality: 15 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 264)
> 2015 overdose fatality: 12 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 214)
> Average deaths a year, 2015-2019: 13 per 10,000 people — 13th fewest (total average overdose deaths: 237 a year)
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2019-2020: 6.1% — 3th smallest increase
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2015-2020: 30.8% — 7th smallest increase
> Population: 1,787,065

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44. Kansas
> 2020 overdose fatality: 16 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 468)
> 2019 overdose fatality: 13 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 380)
> 2015 overdose fatality: 11 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 323)
> Average deaths a year, 2015-2019: 12 per 10,000 people — 7th fewest (total average overdose deaths: 336 a year)
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2019-2020: 23.2% — 17th smallest increase
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2015-2020: 44.9% — 15th smallest increase
> Population: 2,913,314

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43. North Dakota
> 2020 overdose fatality: 16 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 123)
> 2019 overdose fatality: 12 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 90)
> 2015 overdose fatality: 9 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 66)
> Average deaths a year, 2015-2019: 10 per 10,000 people — 4th fewest (total average overdose deaths: 76 a year)
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2019-2020: 36.7% — 17th largest increase
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2015-2020: 86.4% — 14th largest increase
> Population: 762,062

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42. Arkansas
> 2020 overdose fatality: 17 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 515)
> 2019 overdose fatality: 12 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 362)
> 2015 overdose fatality: 13 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 381)
> Average deaths a year, 2015-2019: 13 per 10,000 people — 12th fewest (total average overdose deaths: 397 a year)
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2019-2020: 42.3% — 9th largest increase
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2015-2020: 35.2% — 9th smallest increase
> Population: 3,017,804

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41. Mississippi
> 2020 overdose fatality: 17 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 510)
> 2019 overdose fatality: 12 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 365)
> 2015 overdose fatality: 11 deaths for every 100,000 people (total: 333)
> Average deaths a year, 2015-2019: 11 per 10,000 people — 6th fewest (total average overdose deaths: 330 a year)
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2019-2020: 39.7% — 12th largest increase
> Pct. change in overdose deaths, 2015-2020: 53.2% — 16th smallest increase
> Population: 2,976,149