Drug Overdose Deaths
According to Data from CDC Wonder
All Drugs
Street Drugs
Prescription Drugs
/ = 500 Deaths
From 1999 to 2014 there have been
Drug Deaths

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an opioid synthesized from morphine, a naturally-occurring substance extracted from the Asian opium poppy plant. It comes in several forms, most prominently black tar from Mexico and white heroin from Colombia.

Common names include Big H, Black Tar, Chiva, Hell Dust, Horse, Negra, Smack and Thunder.

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What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is an intense stimulant drug with strong addictive potential. Derived from coca leaves grown in South America, cocaine is usually manufactured in remote jungle labs. Within these labs, the raw product undergoes a series of chemical transformations. Colombia produces about 90% of the cocaine found in the U.S.

Common names are Coca, Coke, Crack, Flake, Snow and Soda Cot.

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What are Opiods?

Narcotics consist of opium, opium derivatives and semi-synthetic substitutes. Prescription narcotics include OxyCotin, Vicodin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, methadone and fentanyl.

Common names include M, Morph, OC, Ox, Oxy, Oxycotton, Percs, Dope or Painkillers.

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What are Benzos?

The best-known Benzodiazepines include Valium, Xanax, Halcion, Ativan, Klonopin and Restoril. When used as prescribed, these drugs have legitimate benefits. Benzodiazepines treat both anxiety and sleep disorders.

Common names include Barbs, Benzos, Downers, Liquid X, Nerve Pills, Phennies, Reds, Roofies, Rophies, Tranks and Yellows.

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Other Illicit Drugs

Other illicit drugs include:
  • Psychostimulants with abuse potential
  • Cannabis (derivatives)

Other Prescription Drugs

Other prescription drugs include:
  • 4-Aminophenol derivatives
  • Antiallergic and antiemetic drugs
  • Antiparkinsonism drugs and other central muscle-tone depressants
  • Antitussives
  • Barbiturates
  • Other and unspecified antidepressants
  • Other and unspecified antipsychotics and neuroleptics
  • Other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAID]
  • Phenothiazine antipsychotics and neuroleptics
  • Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants


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About This Data:

Includes deaths with underlying causes of unintentional drug poisoning (X40–X44), suicide drug poisoning (X60–X64), homicide drug poisoning (X85), or drug poisoning of undetermined intent (Y10–Y14), as coded in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision.

  • Prescription Drugs ICD-10 codes (T36-T39, T40.2-T40.4, T41-T43.5, and T43.8-T50.8)
  • Opioid pain relievers includes other opioids, methadone, other synthetic narcotics. ICD-10 codes (T40.2-T40.4)
  • Benzodiazepines ICD-10 code(T42.4)
  • Illicit Drugs ICD-10 codes (T40.1, T40.5, T40.7–T40.9, and T43.6)
  • Cocaine ICD-10 codes (T40.5)
  • Heroin ICD-10 codes (T40.1)

When filtering by state reported deaths may be lower than the actual amount due to rounding.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National 1999-2014 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2014, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.