About the National Data

Data

Baseline: 4.7 deaths per 100,000 population were caused by an overdose involving heroin in 2018 (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population)

Target: 4.2 deaths per 100,000 population

Numerator
Number of overdose deaths involving heroin (ICD-10 code: T40.1 in any field of the multiple cause of death file) among deaths with an underlying external cause-of-injury (ICD-10 codes: X40–X44, X60–X64, X85, Y10–Y14).
Denominator
Number of persons.
Target-setting method

Percent improvement

Target-setting method details
10 percent improvement from the baseline.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were evaluated for this objective, but it was not possible to project a target because the trend was moving away from the desired direction. A 10 percent improvement from the baseline was used to calculate a target. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline. In addition, interventions such as overdose education and naloxone distribution are promising strategies to address this issue and help reduce opioid-related deaths.