Opioid and Drug Overdose Statistics
In Connecticut, residents are more likely to die from unintentional drug overdose than a motor vehicle accident. The majority of these deaths are linked to overdose of prescription opioid painkillers and illicit opioids. According to the CDC, the 2020 Connecticut age-adjusted rate for drug-induced mortality was 39.1 per 100,000 population compared to the 2020 national rate of 28.3.
State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System:
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) is funded by the CDC to participate in the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) to collect comprehensive data on unintentional and undetermined intent overdose deaths within the state. Data is abstracted from multiple data sources including death certificates, medical examiner reports, and postmortem toxicology results. SUDORS captures information on variables such as demographics, circumstances, scene evidence, and substances contributing to the death for each overdose death.
Monthly Drug Overdose Death Reports
Drug Overdose Death Fact Sheets
- Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths in CT (2021) Fact Sheet
- Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths in CT (2020) Fact Sheet
- Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths in CT (2019) Fact Sheet
- Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths in CT (2012-2018) Fact Sheet
CT SUDORS Dashboard
The CT DPH presents an interactive dashboard showcasing data from SUDORS on drug overdose deaths to increase public awareness about the impact of the opioid crisis in Connecticut. In this dashboard, demographic, geographic, and type of drug-related overdose information can be visualized through the years from 2015 to 2022.
To navigate the dashboard, hover over maps and charts to get more details. To view the dashboard for selected years, time periods, demographics, or types of drugs involved, single-click on these sections. Click again to go back to the original view or click the reset button on the bottom right of the screen.
CDC SUDORS Dashboard and Infographic
CDC also publishes a national dashboard for SUDORS data, which can be found here. The dashboard can be filtered to show data specifically for Connecticut. Also, see here for an infographic detailing a summary overview of Connecticut SUDORS data for 2020.
EpiCenter Syndromic Surveillance System:
The CT DPH uses syndromic surveillance system data from the EpiCenter system to provide near real-time estimates of emergency department (ED) utilization for suspected drug overdoses in order to quickly detect and respond to changes in patterns of both fatal and nonfatal overdoses. Please see the following links for preliminary data maps on ED utilization for suspected overdoses due to all drugs (including all opioids, stimulants, and benzodiazepines), all opioids (including prescription painkillers and fentanyl/analogs), heroin, and stimulant overdoses.
EpiCenter Syndromic Surveillance Reports:
- Suspected Drug Overdoses, March 2022-May 2022
- Suspected Drug Overdoses, March 2021-February 2022
- Suspected Drug Overdoses, March 2020-February 2021
- Suspected Drug Overdoses, March 2019-February 2020
- Suspected Any Opioid Overdoses, March 2022-May 2022
- Suspected Any Opioid Overdoses, March 2021-February 2022
- Suspected Any Opioid Overdoses, March 2020-February 2021
- Suspected Any Opioid Overdoses, March 2019-February 2020
- Suspected Heroin Overdoses, March 2022-May 2022
- Suspected Heroin Overdoses, March 2021-February 2022
- Suspected Heroin Overdoses, March 2020-February 2021
- Suspected Heroin Overdoses, March 2019-February 2020
- Suspected Stimulant Overdoses, March 2022-May 2022
For additional data reports on drug and opioid overdoses, please see the following links:
- Connecticut Drug Overdose Emergency Department Visit Report, August 2022
- Prescription Drug Monitoring and Reporting System Report, Q1-Q4 2021
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Report, October 2018
- Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Different Drugs in CT (2012-2021) - Toxicology Tables
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