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About the National Data
Data Sources: National Vital Statistics System - Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS; Population Estimates, Census
Baseline: 4.7 deaths per 100,000 population were caused by an overdose involving heroin in 2018
Target: 4.2 per 100,000
Deaths are classified using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD–10). Drug overdose deaths are identified using underlying cause-of-death codes X40–X44, X60–X64, X85, and Y10–Y14. The numerator will include drug overdose deaths that have heroin (T40.1) as a contributing cause using the multiple cause of death file.