Reduce drug overdose deaths — SU‑03

This objective is a Leading Health Indicator (LHI). Learn about LHIs.

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
32.4 drug-overdose deaths per 100,000 population (2021) *

20.7 per 100,000  *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

20.7 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 population occurred in 2018 *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce drug overdose deaths

Target-Setting Method
Maintain the baseline


Drug overdose deaths are a national public health emergency. Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses and prevent death. Increasing access to naloxone and to evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder can help reduce overdose deaths.