Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
9.9 deaths per 100,000 population (2018)

Target:
8.9 per 100,000

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

Baseline:
9.9 deaths per 100,000 population were caused by an overdose involving synthetic opioids other than methadone in 2018 (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population)

Reduce overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (e.g., fentanyl)

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement

Summary

In the past few years, deaths involving fentanyl and other non-methadone synthetic opioids have increased dramatically — and they now make up a large percentage of drug overdose deaths. Interventions to change health care providers’ opioid prescribing behaviors 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.