Reduce overdose deaths involving opioids — IVP‑20

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
25.0 deaths per 100,000 population (2022) *

13.1 per 100,000  *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

14.6 deaths per 100,000 population were caused by an overdose involving any opioid in 2018 *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce overdose deaths involving opioids

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement


Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States, and they have increased dramatically in recent years. Interventions to change health care providers’ opioid prescribing behaviors and teach patients about the risks and benefits of prescription opioids can help reduce opioid-related deaths. Distributing naloxone to reverse overdoses and providing access to medications for opioid use disorder can also help reduce overdose deaths.