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Complete Health Indicator Report of Drug Overdose and Poisoning Incidents

Definition

__Poisoning deaths:__ number of deaths among Utah residents resulting from poisoning (ICD-10 codes X40-X49, X60-X69, X85-X90, Y10-Y19, Y35.2, *U01 [.6-.7]) per 100,000 population. __Drug poisoning deaths:__ number of deaths among Utah residents resulting from drug poisoning (ICD-10 codes X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14) per 100,000 population. __Prescription opioid deaths:__ number of unintentional and undetermined intent deaths among residents and non-residents resulting from prescription opioids that occurred in Utah.

Numerator

__Poisoning deaths:__ number of deaths among Utah residents resulting from poisoning (ICD-10 codes X40-X49, X60-X69, X85-X90, Y10-Y19, Y35.2, *U01 [.6-.7]). __Drug poisoning deaths:__ number of deaths among Utah residents resulting from drug poisoning (ICD-10 codes X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14). __Prescription opioid deaths:__ number of resident and non-resident unintentional and undetermined prescription opioid deaths that occurred in Utah.

Denominator

Total number of persons in the population of Utah.

Data Interpretation Issues

Poisoning incidents are classified according to ICD codes. ICD stands for the International Classification of Diseases. It is a coding system maintained by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics used to classify causes of death, injury, and disease. These codes are updated approximately every ten years to account for advances in medical technology. The U.S. is currently using the 10th revision (ICD-10) to code causes of death. Poisoning deaths are defined by ICD-10 codes X40-X49 (unintentional); X60-X69 (suicide); X85-X90, *U01 (.6-.7) (homicide); Y10-Y19 (undetermined), and Y35.2 (other). Drug poisoning deaths are a subset of poisoning deaths and are defined by ICD-10 codes X40-X44 (unintentional), X60-X64 (suicide), X85 (homicide), and Y10-Y14 (undetermined). Prescription opioid deaths are identified using data from the Office of the Medical Examiner in the Utah Violent Death Reporting System.

Why Is This Important?

Drug poisoning deaths are a preventable public health problem; they are the leading cause of injury death in Utah, outpacing deaths due to firearms, falls, and motor vehicle crashes. Ten Utah adults die each week from drug overdose; eight of which are a result of opioids; and four due to prescription opioids, specifically. Utah is particularly affected by prescription opioids, which are responsible for 41% of the unintentional and undetermined drug poisoning deaths in the state.

Healthy People Objective IVP-9.1:

Prevent an increase in poisoning deaths among all persons
U.S. Target: 13.2 deaths per 100,000 population
State Target: 12.9 per 100,000 population

Other Objectives

{{style color:#003366 Healthy People 2030 Objective IVP-20:}} Prevent an increase in poisoning deaths among all persons *'''U.S. Target:''' 13.1 deaths per 100,000 population *'''Utah Target:''' 12.9 deaths per 100,000 population[[br]] [[br]] {{style color:#003366 Healthy People 2020 Objective IVP-9.2:}} Prevent an increase in poisoning deaths among persons aged 35 to 54 years *'''U.S. Target:''' 25.6 deaths per 100,000 population *'''Utah Target:''' 23.2 deaths per 100,000 population[[br]] [[br]] {{style color:#003366 Healthy People 2020 Objective IVP-9.3:}} Prevent an increase in poisoning deaths caused by unintentional or undetermined intent among all persons *'''U.S. Target:''' 11.1 deaths per 100,000 population *'''Utah Target:''' 9.7 deaths per 100,000 population[[br]] [[br]] {{style color:#003366 Healthy People 2020 Objective IVP-9.4:}} Prevent an increase in poisoning deaths caused by unintentional or undetermined intent among persons aged 35 to 54 years *'''U.S. Target:''' 21.6 deaths per 100,000 population *'''Utah Target:''' 34.9 deaths per 100,000 population (prevent an increase in the 2010 crude rate)[[br]] [[br]] {{style color:#003366 Healthy People 2020 Objective IVP-10:}} Prevent an increase in nonfatal poisonings *'''U.S. Target:''' 304.8 nonfatal poisonings per 100,000 population *'''Utah Target:''' 291.5 nonfatal poisonings per 100,000 population

How Are We Doing?

The 2020 age-adjusted drug poisoning death rate was 20.5 per 100,000 population. During that year, 5.5% of Utah drug poisoning deaths were of undetermined intent, 14.1% were self-inflicted, and 82.2% were unintentional. From 2018 to 2020, males (25.2 per 100,000 population) had a significantly higher age-adjusted drug poisoning death rate compared to females (16.5 per 100,000 population). Males had the highest crude rates in the 35 to 44-year-old age group, while females had the highest crude rates in the 45-54-year-old age group. For ages 18-34, male drug poisoning death rates were significantly higher than female drug poisoning death rates (18.1 per 100,000 population and 7.2 per 100,000 population, respectively).

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2019, the U.S. age-adjusted rate of drug poisoning deaths from all intents was 21.6 per 100,000 population. During this same year, the Utah age-adjusted rate of drug poisoning deaths statistically similar, with 19.0 deaths per 100,000 population. Data Source: NCHS Vital Statistics System for numbers of death. Bureau of Census for population estimates.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has received funding to address prescription drug abuse, misuse, and overdose deaths by continuing data collection efforts to help target interventions, develop provider materials, increase naloxone awareness, expand public awareness efforts, and develop provider tools and resources to address prescription drug abuse. To address the opioid epidemic in Utah, the Violence and Injury Prevention Program oversees academic detailing; leads opioid dashboard development; manages Stop the Opidemic, a campaign that works to raise awareness on opioid abuse and misuse while reducing stigma; organizes naloxone dissemination and tracks overdose reversals; and provides funding to local health departments, 2-1-1, and other community partners who work alongside the UDOH in the opioid epidemic.

Evidence-based Practices

Here are some relevant programs using evidence-based practices. Strengthening Families Program[[br]] Evidence-based family skills training program[[br]] [http://strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org] HALO: Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones[[br]] Health education and prevention program for children aged 3-6 years[[br]] [http://haloforkids.org/] Programs of Prevention, PRIME for Life[[br]] Alcohol and drug prevention program for all ages[[br]] [http://www.primeforlife.org]

Available Services

Use Only As Directed Media Campaign[[br]] [http://www.useonlyasdirected.org] The University of Utah: Utah Poison Control Center[[br]] [http://poisoncontrol.utah.edu] National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Drug Abuse[[br]] [http://drugabuse.gov] Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (UDHS)[[br]] [http://www.dsamh.utah.gov] Partnership for a Drug-Free America[[br]] [http://www.drugfree.org] Office of National Drug Control Policy[[br]] [http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp] Utah Department of Health: Naloxone[[br]] [http://naloxone.utah.gov]

Health Program Information

The Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) is a trusted and comprehensive resource for data related to violence and injury. Through education, this information helps promote partnerships and programs to prevent injuries and improve public health. The VIPP goals are to a) focus prevention efforts on reducing intentional and unintentional injury, b) conduct education aimed at increasing awareness and changing behaviors that contribute to the occurrence of injury, c) strengthen local health department capacity to conduct local injury prevention programs, d) promote legislation, policy changes, and enforcement that will reduce injury hazards and increase safe behaviors, e) collaborate with private and public partners, and f) improve the Utah Department of Health capacity to collect mortality and morbidity data from multiple sources and conduct injury epidemiology for use in prevention planning, implementation, and evaluation.


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

From 2016 to 2018, males (25.6 per 100,000 population) had a significantly higher age-adjusted drug poisoning death rate compared to females (18.0 per 100,000 population). Both males and females had the highest rates in the 45-54 year old age group. For ages 18-34, male drug poisoning death rates were significantly higher than female drug poisoning death rates. Children infrequently require hospitalization for the ingestion of poison, but 1 to 4 year-olds had significantly higher drug poisoning emergency department (ED) visits rates (35.1 per 10,000 population), along with 15-24 year olds (30.6 per 10,000 population), and 25-34 year olds (22.5 per 10,000 population) compared to the state (18.0 per 10,000 population) in 2012-2014.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Risk Factors

In Utah, the top circumstances observed in prescription opioid deaths were physical health problem, substance abuse problem, current mental health problem, current mental health/substance abuse treatment, non-prescription drug involvement, alcohol dependence or problem, and history of suicide attempts. Source: Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Prescription Opioid Deaths in Utah, 2017 updated Fact Sheet [http://health.utah.gov/vipp/pdf/RxDrugs/PDODeaths2015.pdf] (accessed 11/6/2019)

Related Risk Factors Indicators:


Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Leading Causes of Injury Death, Utah, 2017-2020

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In 2002, poisoning surpassed motor vehicle traffic death as the leading cause of injury death in Utah. Since, poisoning-related deaths have increased significantly over the past 15 years. Between 2017-2020, drug poisonings accounted for 91% of poisoning deaths. Deaths related to motor vehicle crash remained steady over the same time period. Deaths related to falls have trended upward. Deaths from suffocation have trended downward. Firearm and drowning-related deaths have remained relatively the same.
Leading Causes of Injury DeathAge-adjusted Rate per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 6
Poisoning22.221.323.22,0019,616,068
Motor Vehicle, Traffic8.37.78.97689,616,068
Firearm13.212.514.01,2209,616,068
Fall12.812.013.61,0069,616,068
Suffocation7.67.08.26969,616,068
Drowning/Submersion1.41.11.61259,616,068

Data Notes

Data are age-adjusted (2000 U.S. standard population).

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2018


Poisoning Deaths by Year, Utah and U.S., 1999-2020

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UT Poisonings, US Poisonings, UT Drug Deaths, US Drug DeathsYearAge-adjusted Rate per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 86
UT Poison Deaths199912.711.214.42492,193,006
UT Poison Deaths200011.710.213.32382,244,502
UT Poison Deaths200110.99.512.52212,283,715
UT Poison Deaths200215.513.817.43182,324,815
UT Poison Deaths200317.615.819.53832,360,137
UT Poison Deaths200418.416.620.44042,401,580
UT Poison Deaths200520.018.122.04512,457,719
UT Poison Deaths200620.418.622.44732,525,507
UT Poison Deaths200722.420.524.45352,597,746
UT Poison Deaths200820.418.622.35002,663,029
UT Poison Deaths200921.820.023.85432,723,421
UT Poison Deaths201018.917.220.74842,775,332
UT Poison Deaths201121.920.123.85642,814,384
UT Poison Deaths201225.423.527.56612,853,375
UT Poison Deaths201323.621.725.56302,897,640
UT Poison Deaths201424.022.226.06412,936,879
UT Poison Deaths201525.523.627.56972,981,835
UT Poison Deaths201624.822.926.77033,046,488
UT Poison Deaths201724.522.726.47143,106,092
UT Poison Deaths201823.321.625.26893,157,572
UT Poison Deaths201920.719.122.56253,206,088
UT Poison Deaths202022.621.024.46873,252,408
U.S. Poison Deaths19997.17.07.219,741279,040,168
U.S. Poison Deaths20007.27.17.320,230281,421,906
U.S. Poison Deaths20017.87.77.922,242284,968,955
U.S. Poison Deaths20029.29.19.326,435287,625,193
U.S. Poison Deaths20039.99.810.028,700290,107,933
U.S. Poison Deaths200410.310.210.430,308292,805,298
U.S. Poison Deaths200511.010.911.232,691295,516,599
U.S. Poison Deaths200612.412.312.637,286298,379,912
U.S. Poison Deaths200713.213.113.340,059301,231,207
U.S. Poison Deaths200813.413.213.541,080304,093,966
U.S. Poison Deaths200913.413.313.541,592306,771,529
U.S. Poison Deaths201013.713.613.942,917308,745,538
U.S. Poison Deaths201114.714.514.846,047311,591,917
U.S. Poison Deaths201214.614.414.746,150313,914,040
U.S. Poison Deaths201315.215.215.448,545316,128,839
U.S. Poison Deaths201416.216.116.351,966318,857,056
U.S. Poison Deaths201517.817.718.057,567321,418,820
U.S. Poison Deaths201621.421.221.668,995323,127,513
U.S. Poison Deaths201723.223.123.475,354325,719,178
U.S. Poison Deaths201822.222.022.472,473327,167,434
U.S. Poison Deaths201923.223.023.375,795328,239,523
Utah Drug Deaths199910.49.011.92022,193,006
Utah Drug Deaths200010.49.011.92112,244,502
Utah Drug Deaths20019.38.010.81872,283,715
Utah Drug Deaths200214.012.415.72872,324,815
Utah Drug Deaths200315.814.217.63472,360,137
Utah Drug Deaths200416.915.218.83732,401,580
Utah Drug Deaths200518.917.120.84272,457,719
Utah Drug Deaths200619.017.220.94412,525,507
Utah Drug Deaths200720.919.122.95022,597,746
Utah Drug Deaths200818.016.419.84452,663,029
Utah Drug Deaths200919.017.320.84752,723,421
Utah Drug Deaths201016.615.118.34292,775,332
Utah Drug Deaths201119.317.621.14992,814,384
Utah Drug Deaths201222.720.824.65892,853,375
Utah Drug Deaths201321.720.023.65842,897,640
Utah Drug Deaths201421.820.123.75832,936,879
Utah Drug Deaths201522.921.124.86302,981,835
Utah Drug Deaths201622.320.524.06323,046,488
Utah Drug Deaths201722.420.724.26553,106,092
Utah Drug Deaths201821.219.623.06263,157,572
Utah Drug Deaths201919.017.420.65733,206,088
Utah Drug Deaths202020.518.922.26223,252,408
U.S. Drug Deaths19996.16.06.116,849279,040,168
U.S. Drug Deaths20006.26.16.317,415281,421,906
U.S. Drug Deaths20016.86.76.919,394284,968,955
U.S. Drug Deaths20028.28.18.323,518287,625,193
U.S. Drug Deaths20038.98.89.025,785290,107,933
U.S. Drug Deaths20049.49.39.527,424292,805,298
U.S. Drug Deaths200510.110.010.229,813295,516,599
U.S. Drug Deaths200611.511.411.634,425298,379,912
U.S. Drug Deaths200711.911.812.036,010301,231,207
U.S. Drug Deaths200811.911.812.036,450304,093,966
U.S. Drug Deaths200911.911.812.037,004306,771,529
U.S. Drug Deaths201012.312.212.438,329308,745,538
U.S. Drug Deaths201113.213.113.341,340311,591,917
U.S. Drug Deaths201213.113.013.341,502313,914,040
U.S. Drug Deaths201313.813.713.943,982316,128,839
U.S. Drug Deaths201414.714.514.847,055318,857,056
U.S. Drug Deaths201516.316.216.452,404321,418,820
U.S. Drug Deaths201619.819.619.963,632323,127,513
U.S. Drug Deaths201721.721.521.970,237325,719,178
U.S. Drug Deaths201820.720.621.967,368327,167,434
U.S. Drug Deaths201921.621.521.870,630328,239,523

Data Notes

Data are age-adjusted (2000 U.S. standard population). Poisoning deaths are defined as ICD-10 codes X40-X49, Y10-Y19, X60-X69, X85-X90, Y35.2, *U01.6-U01.7. Drug poisoning deaths are a subset of poisoning deaths and are defined as ICD-10 codes X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14. The Consensus Recommendations for National and State Poisoning Surveillance definition of a drug is as follows: A drug is any chemical compound that is chiefly used by or administered to humans or animals as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease or injury, for the relief of pain or suffering, to control or improve any physiologic or pathologic condition, or for the feeling it causes. U.S. data for 2020 is not yet available.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2018
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)


Poisoning: Drug Deaths by Age and Sex, Utah, 2018-2020

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Males vs. FemalesAge GroupRate per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 21
Male17 or Under0.70.31.3*101,431,924
Male18-2418.014.722.0100553,500
Male25-3436.231.940.8262724,080
Male35-4446.041.051.4311676,524
Male45-5439.834.445.7199500,544
Male55-6442.236.448.7188445,704
Male65+12.59.616.064511,524
Female17 or Under0.30.10.8*41,358,976
Female18-247.25.19.838531,408
Female25-3418.315.321.8127692,820
Female35-4428.624.733.0187653,676
Female45-5433.928.939.5165487,200
Female55-6432.027.137.6148462,372
Female65+10.88.313.863585,816
Total17 or Under0.50.30.8142,790,900
Total18-2412.710.715.01381,084,908
Total25-3427.524.830.33891,416,900
Total35-4437.434.240.94981,330,200
Total45-5436.933.240.8364987,744
Total55-6437.033.241.2336908,076
Total65+11.69.713.81271,097,340

Data Notes

*For females ages 17 or under, there are insufficient number of cases to meet the UDOH standard for data reliability, interpret with caution. The Consensus Recommendations for National and State Poisoning Surveillance definition of a drug is as follows: A drug is any chemical compound that is chiefly used by or administered to humans or animals as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease or injury, for the relief of pain or suffering, to control or improve any physiologic or pathologic condition, or for the feeling it causes.

Data Source

Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health


Poisoning: Drug Deaths by Local Health District, Utah, 2017-2020

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Local Health DistrictAge-adjusted Drug Deaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 14
Bear River16.113.019.6100741,756
Central23.818.530.272326,952
Davis County16.314.118.62151,412,796
Salt Lake County23.722.225.11,0874,610,676
San Juan12.95.126.8*761,428
Southeast36.427.247.855161,844
Southwest21.318.224.6188996,420
Summit16.210.623.827168,168
Tooele26.220.333.269284,616
TriCounty22.316.429.748226,968
Utah County18.516.620.53822,516,844
Wasatch13.88.022.117135,276
Weber-Morgan25.222.228.52651,078,416
State of Utah21.320.422.12,53212,722,160

Data Notes

Data are age-adjusted (2000 U.S. standard population). *Use caution in interpreting, the estimate has a coefficient of variation >30%. The Consensus Recommendations for National and State Poisoning Surveillance definition of a drug is as follows: A drug is any chemical compound that is chiefly used by or administered to humans or animals as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease or injury, for the relief of pain or suffering, to control or improve any physiologic or pathologic condition, or for the feeling it causes.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2018
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)


Poisoning: Drug Deaths by Utah Small Area, 2016-2020

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Utah Small AreasAge-adjusted Drug Deaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 100
Brigham City28.519.440.333127,540
Box Elder Co (Other) V216.37.331.2*960,950
Tremonton21.412.135.11686,248
Logan V216.010.922.634288,489
North Logan6.12.113.8*6117,440
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V216.29.426.017124,283
Hyrum20.77.943.8*745,571
Smithfield10.94.322.6*768,127
Ben Lomond24.018.630.470317,000
Weber County (East)22.415.731.037182,306
Morgan County10.03.223.4*559,770
Ogden (Downtown)39.030.748.878203,625
South Ogden28.521.137.752190,221
Roy/Hooper22.516.729.751242,122
Riverdale23.916.134.131141,122
Clearfield Area/Hooper22.017.128.070363,467
Layton/South Weber19.115.023.976420,498
Kaysville/Fruit Heights14.29.121.224195,953
Syracuse12.36.820.415147,873
Centerville12.15.722.6*1087,332
Farmington15.69.025.217117,120
North Salt Lake10.15.018.2*11103,756
Woods Cross/West Bountiful16.38.328.91278,061
Bountiful16.911.923.438240,003
SLC (Rose Park)33.925.644.158184,020
SLC (Avenues)19.512.429.027118,184
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)13.17.022.314107,571
Magna28.820.139.937141,909
SLC (Glendale) V238.728.052.145126,391
West Valley (Center)19.213.925.745260,790
West Valley (West) V220.613.829.530158,295
West Valley (East) V232.625.740.779263,538
SLC (Downtown) V267.555.681.3125193,584
SLC (Southeast Liberty)19.212.128.923115,445
South Salt Lake37.227.648.952136,791
SLC (Sugar House)28.120.537.647171,449
Millcreek (South)24.115.535.925111,112
Millcreek (East)14.98.723.818122,731
Holladay V230.221.142.137126,226
Cottonwood15.810.822.433212,421
Kearns V226.519.735.051204,465
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)28.421.237.254190,175
Taylorsville (West)17.011.723.934198,088
Murray29.121.638.353177,237
Midvale29.922.039.849159,569
West Jordan (Northeast) V222.615.531.833157,169
West Jordan (Southeast)25.018.333.447191,997
West Jordan (W)/Copperton8.24.913.019247,979
South Jordan V218.412.825.636201,062
Daybreak11.56.718.418163,453
Sandy (West)23.115.932.534148,736
Sandy (Center) V227.919.938.041147,513
Sandy (Northeast)14.48.223.517120,280
Sandy (Southeast)15.89.624.420152,934
Draper14.810.220.734232,523
Riverton/Bluffdale12.47.918.525222,603
Herriman8.04.612.818264,924
Tooele County (Other)18.710.431.01583,879
Tooele Valley25.719.633.161264,822
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley9.95.316.915176,435
Lehi17.412.623.351349,458
Saratoga Springs4.51.610.1*6150,434
American Fork18.513.225.240247,808
Alpine****
Pleasant Grove/Lindon17.612.723.745300,192
Orem (North)28.420.937.752196,952
Orem (West)22.615.432.234197,660
Orem (East)14.48.123.716118,567
Provo/BYU11.96.619.620265,206
Provo (West City Center)28.920.439.844172,626
Provo (East City Center)24.213.539.923175,720
Salem City25.612.646.1*1149,427
Spanish Fork19.413.327.334219,344
Springville27.619.537.939172,151
Mapleton8.22.221.2*451,584
Utah County (South) V233.620.152.81972,873
Payson22.514.633.226136,522
Park City15.29.523.023149,524
Summit County (East)19.39.534.9*1158,863
Wasatch County14.49.021.822165,264
Daggett and Uintah County25.018.033.943183,824
Duchesne County21.613.133.62099,757
Nephi/Mona28.815.249.61349,417
Delta/Fillmore26.913.547.91250,114
Sanpete Valley19.010.930.817110,414
Central (Other)20.913.031.723117,857
Richfield/Monroe/Salina26.615.443.01775,356
Carbon County44.731.961.042102,008
Emery County43.626.168.32050,513
Grand County23.411.342.9*1148,489
Blanding/Monticello11.12.928.8*439,424
San Juan County (Other)****
St. George24.519.730.197460,184
Washington Co (Other) V214.45.729.8*853,569
Washington City26.317.338.228131,925
Hurricane/La Verkin10.85.419.212133,922
Ivins/Santa Clara24.514.139.61780,926
Cedar City18.212.625.537235,526
Southwest LHD (Other)18.211.327.825126,414
State of Utah22.021.222.73,17915,756,101

Data Notes

Data are age-adjusted (2000 U.S. standard population). *Use caution in interpreting, the estimate has a coefficient of variation >30%. **The estimate has been suppressed because 1) the relative standard error is greater than 50% or 2) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication. A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/resource/Guidelines.html]. The Consensus Recommendations for National and State Poisoning Surveillance definition of a drug is as follows: A drug is any chemical compound that is chiefly used by or administered to humans or animals as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease or injury, for the relief of pain or suffering, to control or improve any physiologic or pathologic condition, or for the feeling it causes.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population estimates produced by the UDOH Center for Health Data and Informatics. Linear interpolation of U.S. Census Bureau and ESRI ZIP Code data provided annual population estimates for ZIP Code areas by sex and age groups, IBIS Version 2018
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)


Poisoning: Prescription Opioid Deaths by Year, Utah, 2000-2020

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Prescription drugs include pain medications, also known as opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and methadone. Deaths as a result of prescription pain medications have increased since 1999. Counts represented in this figure include resident and non-resident unintentional and undetermined prescription pain medication deaths that occurred in Utah.
YearNumber of Deaths Occurring in Utah
Record Count: 21
200060
200194
2002138
2003198
2004217
2005268
2006280
2007326
2008289
2009272
2010236
2011246
2012268
2013274
2014301
2015285
2016250
2017268
2018256
2019194
2020176

Data Notes

Prescription drug data is identified through the Office of the Medical Examiner using cause of death text fields to identify if the individual died as a result of a prescription drug overdose. Data is entered in the Utah Violent Death Reporting System (UTVDRS). UTVDRS is a data collection and monitoring system that will help Utahns better understand the public health problem of drug overdose deaths by informing decision makers about the magnitude, trends, and characteristics of drug overdose deaths and to evaluate and continue to improve state-based prevention policies and programs. Data are collected from the Office of the Medical Examiner, Vital Records, and law enforcement agencies and are linked together to help identify risk factors, understand circumstances, and better characterize deaths. Data prior to 2016: Utah Violent Death Reporting System (UTVDRS) Data 2016 forward: Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health.

Data Source

The Utah Department of Health, Office of the Medical Examiner

References and Community Resources

Utah Coalition on Opioid Overdose Prevention (UCO-OP)[[br]] [https://ucoop.utah.gov/] Information on how to use and where to find naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses [[br]] [https://naloxone.utah.gov/] Violence and Injury Prevention Program[[br]] [http://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/topics/prescription-drug-overdoses/] Information on addiction resources and tools[[br]] [https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/prescriptions/]

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Page Content Updated On 10/29/2020, Published on 11/23/2021
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