Emily Rappleye, Becker’s Hospital Review, June 27, 2016

Opioid abuse — which has spurred a 20-year high in heroin use in the U.S. — has become a significant cause of death nationwide.

In 2014, there were 28,647 deaths due to opioid overdoses. The overdoses were due to natural, semisynthetic and synthetic opioids, methadone and heroin.

The five top states were Ohio – 2,106, California – 2,024, New York – 1,739, Florida - 1,399, and Illinois – 1,205. The data was published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.  

Read the number of deaths by state:

1. Ohio — 2,106
2. California — 2,024
3. New York — 1,739
4. Florida— 1,399
5. Illinois — 1,205
6. Texas — 1,151
7. Massachusetts — 1,140
8. Pennsylvania — 1,092
9. Michigan — 1,052
10. North Carolina — 967
11. Maryland — 921
12. Tennessee — 863
13. Virginia — 758
14. Kentucky — 729
15. New Jersey — 728
16. Georgia — 710
17. Missouri — 696
18. Washington — 673
19. Wisconsin — 627
20. Arizona — 589
21. West Virginia — 554
22. Connecticut — 525
23. Colorado — 517
24. South Carolina — 515
25. Oklahoma — 502
26. Indiana — 462
27. Utah — 455
28. New Mexico — 402
29. Nevada — 375
30. Oregon — 340
31. Minnesota — 318
32. New Hampshire — 297
33. Alabama — 270
34. Louisiana — 260
35. Rhode Island — 205
36. Arkansas — 173
36. Kansas— 173
38. Maine — 171
39. Iowa — 158
40. Delaware — 124
41. Mississippi — 115
42. Idaho — 78
43. Alaska — 76
44. Vermont — 64
45. District of Columbia — 63
46. Hawaii — 59
47. Nebraska — 56
48. Wyoming — 54
49. Montana — 53
50. South Dakota — 33
51. North Dakota — 31

Source:

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/population-health/opioid-overdose-deaths-by-state.html

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