Fatal Drug Overdoses

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Accidental Overdose Fatalities (Illicit & Prescription Drugs) 2011- June 2013

  • All overdose deaths, whether caused by illicit or prescription drugs, continue to increase and remain a leading cause of accidental death, with about four overdose deaths per week investigated by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Accidental Overdose Fatalities (Illicit & Prescription Drugs) 2009-2012

  • Alcohol was found to be a common contributing factor to accidental overdose fatalities when combined with either illicit drugs or prescription medication.

Accidental Overdose Fatalities (Prescription Drugs), 2009-2012

  • Accidental deaths involving prescription medications, such as Vicodin and Oxycodone, are still happening at an alarming rate, yet they are not increasing as fast as deaths from illicit drugs. The combined use of prescription medications with other substances, such as illicit drugs and alcohol, reveals a consistent and underlying trend of substance abuse and addiction, even as deaths caused by prescription drugs begin to stabilize.

Accidental Overdose Fatalities of Illicit Drugs 2009-2012

  • Preliminary data show that accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses nearly doubled in Rhode Island between 2009 and 2012. Illicit drug overdose deaths involving substances like heroin and cocaine increased from 53 in 2009 to 97 in 2012.

Accidental Overdose Fatalities by Gender and Age, 2009 to 2012 total

  • Contrary to common assumptions, Rhode Island 's drug overdose epidemic is not limited to younger adult males. While men accounted for twice as many accidental drug overdose deaths from 2009-2012, people ages 40 through 60 accounted for most of drug overdose deaths overall.

Accidental Overdose Fatalities by Gender and Age, by Year 2009-2013

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