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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. Every month, 53 Utah adults die as a result of a drug poisoning, 85.3% of which are unintentional or of undetermined intent, and of these, 75.6% involve opioids. Utah is particularly affected by prescription opioids, which are responsible for half of the unintentinal 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 2020 Objective IVP-9.1:}} Prevent an increase in poisoning deaths among all persons *'''U.S. Target:''' 13.2 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 2018 age-adjusted drug poisoning death rate was 21.2 per 100,000 population. During that year, 6.3% of Utah drug poisoning deaths were of undetermined intent, 12.8% were self-inflicted, and 80.8% were unintentional. 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 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.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2017, the U.S. age-adjusted rate of drug poisoning deaths from all intents was 21.7 per 100,000 population. During this same year, the Utah age-adjusted rate of drug poisoning deaths statistically similar, with 22.3 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, 2016-2018

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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. In 2016-2018, drug poisonings accounted for 90.5% of poisoning deaths. Deaths related to motor vehicle crash have trended downwards over most of the same time period. Deaths related to firearm, fall, and suffocation have trended upwards. 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
Poisoning24.223.225.32,1049,306,836
Motor Vehicle, Traffic8.78.19.47769,306,836
Firearm13.312.614.11,1719,306,836
Fall9.79.010.47309,306,836
Suffocation7.87.28.46769,306,836
Drowning/Submersion1.10.91.41029,306,836

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., 1999-2018

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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: 78
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 Deaths201018.917.220.74842,775,334
UT Poison Deaths201121.920.123.85642,814,216
UT Poison Deaths201225.423.527.56612,853,467
UT Poison Deaths201323.621.725.56302,897,927
UT Poison Deaths201424.022.226.06412,937,399
UT Poison Deaths201525.523.627.56972,982,497
UT Poison Deaths201624.822.926.77033,042,613
UT Poison Deaths201724.522.726.47143,103,118
UT Poison Deaths201823.321.625.16873,161,105
U.S. Poison Deaths19997.119,741279,040,168
U.S. Poison Deaths20007.220,229281,421,906
U.S. Poison Deaths20017.822,242284,968,955
U.S. Poison Deaths20029.226,434287,625,193
U.S. Poison Deaths20039.928,700290,107,933
U.S. Poison Deaths200410.330,308292,805,298
U.S. Poison Deaths200511.032,690295,516,599
U.S. Poison Deaths200612.437,286298,379,912
U.S. Poison Deaths200713.240,059301,231,207
U.S. Poison Deaths200813.441,080304,093,966
U.S. Poison Deaths200913.441,592306,771,529
U.S. Poison Deaths201013.742,917308,745,538
U.S. Poison Deaths201114.746,047311,591,917
U.S. Poison Deaths201214.646,150313,914,040
U.S. Poison Deaths201315.248,545316,128,839
U.S. Poison Deaths201416.251,966318,857,056
U.S. Poison Deaths201517.857,567321,418,820
U.S. Poison Deaths201621.468,995323,127,513
U.S. Poison Deaths201723.275,354325,719,178
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 Deaths200518.817.120.84272,457,719
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 Deaths201016.615.118.34292,775,334
Utah Drug Deaths201119.317.621.14992,814,216
Utah Drug Deaths201222.720.824.65892,853,467
Utah Drug Deaths201321.720.023.65842,897,927
Utah Drug Deaths201421.820.123.75832,937,399
Utah Drug Deaths201522.921.124.86302,982,497
Utah Drug Deaths201622.220.524.06303,042,613
Utah Drug Deaths201722.320.624.16503,103,118
Utah Drug Deaths201821.219.522.96243,161,105
U.S. Drug Deaths19996.116,848279,040,168
U.S. Drug Deaths20006.217,414281,421,906
U.S. Drug Deaths20016.819,394284,968,955
U.S. Drug Deaths20028.223,517287,625,193
U.S. Drug Deaths20038.925,785290,107,933
U.S. Drug Deaths20049.427,424292,805,298
U.S. Drug Deaths200510.129,812295,516,599
U.S. Drug Deaths200611.534,425298,379,912
U.S. Drug Deaths200711.936,010301,231,207
U.S. Drug Deaths200811.936,450304,093,966
U.S. Drug Deaths200911.937,004306,771,529
U.S. Drug Deaths201012.338,329308,745,538
U.S. Drug Deaths201113.241,340311,591,917
U.S. Drug Deaths201213.141,502313,914,040
U.S. Drug Deaths201313.843,982316,128,839
U.S. Drug Deaths201414.747,055318,857,056
U.S. Drug Deaths201516.352,404321,418,820
U.S. Drug Deaths201619.863,632323,127,513
U.S. Drug Deaths201721.770,237325,719,178

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 2018 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 Deaths by Intent and Type (drug vs. other), Utah, 2016-2018

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Drug vs. Non-drugIntent of InjuryAge-adjusted Rate per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 6
DrugUnintentional16.215.417.11,4229,306,836
DrugSuicide3.32.93.72779,306,836
DrugIntent Unknown2.42.02.72049,306,836
OtherUnintentional1.31.11.61139,306,836
OtherSuicide0.80.71.1779,306,836
OtherIntent Unknown0.10.10.2*109,306,836

Data Notes

*Use caution in interpreting, the estimate has a relative standard error greater than 30% and does not meet UDOH standards for reliability. Data are age-adjusted (2000 U.S. standard population). Drug deaths are defined as ICD-10 codes X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14. Non-drug deaths are defined as ICD-10 codes X45-X49, X65-X69, X86-X90, Y15-Y19, Y35.2, *U01.6-U01.7. 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


Poisoning: Drug Deaths by Age and Sex, Utah, 2016-2018

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Males vs. FemalesAge GroupRate per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 21
Male17 or Under0.80.41.4*111,428,087
Male18-2423.619.728.1126533,283
Male25-3442.137.447.2294698,859
Male35-4443.038.148.4277644,433
Male45-5443.537.849.8209480,698
Male55-6438.633.045.0168434,682
Male65+10.78.014.150466,500
Female17 or Under0.40.21.0*61,352,090
Female18-248.25.911.142511,524
Female25-3420.517.224.2138674,373
Female35-4429.825.634.4185621,548
Female45-5437.832.443.7178471,379
Female55-6436.831.442.8166451,238
Female65+10.07.513.154538,142
Total17 or Under0.60.41.0172,780,177
Total18-2416.113.718.71681,044,807
Total25-3431.528.634.64321,373,232
Total35-4436.533.240.04621,265,981
Total45-5440.636.744.9387952,077
Total55-6437.733.842.0334885,920
Total65+10.48.512.51041,004,642

Data Notes

*For males and 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 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 2017


Poisoning: Drug Deaths by Local Health District, Utah, 2016-2018

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Local Health DistrictAge-adjusted Drug Deaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 14
Bear River18.814.923.482543,047
Central23.417.231.150238,545
Davis County17.014.519.81671,039,674
Salt Lake County23.321.725.07923,411,137
San Juan10.02.626.3*446,112
Southeast43.231.657.749120,047
Southwest23.119.427.4144707,277
Summit17.510.826.822123,788
Tooele21.415.229.240201,860
TriCounty21.615.030.235170,122
Utah County20.218.022.73101,818,798
Wasatch15.78.526.41495,645
Weber-Morgan25.421.929.3193790,784
State of Utah21.920.922.91,9049,306,836

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, 2014-2018

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Utah Small AreasAge-adjusted Drug Deaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 100
Brigham City30.020.542.433123,823
Box Elder Co (Other) V211.54.125.2*658,505
Tremonton23.213.238.01682,697
Logan V214.89.721.529279,583
North Logan11.85.521.9*111,115,395
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V213.67.422.914119,238
Hyrum16.66.036.3*643,668
Smithfield13.55.826.9*865,728
Ben Lomond25.519.832.371305,220
Weber County (East)21.214.629.834176,831
Morgan County18.88.635.7*956,861
Ogden (Downtown)43.434.453.983193,788
South Ogden23.616.732.341187,563
Roy/Hooper23.117.130.451237,161
Riverdale29.420.440.936138,029
Clearfield Area/Hooper21.816.927.868355,676
Layton/South Weber18.714.623.672408,860
Kaysville/Fruit Heights12.87.919.815139,746
Syracuse12.46.920.715139,746
Centerville16.58.528.91285,018
Farmington14.58.223.716111,440
North Salt Lake15.28.425.21598,083
Woods Cross/West Bountiful13.26.224.4*1076,796
Bountiful20.514.827.744237,752
SLC (Rose Park)33.324.943.755180,326
SLC (Avenues)22.314.433.028116,812
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)13.57.622.116109,363
Magna32.923.444.941140,410
SLC (Glendale) V230.421.042.635127,208
West Valley (Center)17.812.824.142261,797
West Valley (West) V224.116.933.437156,171
West Valley (East) V231.925.040.077264,838
SLC (Downtown) V272.259.886.5131191,453
SLC (Southeast Liberty)15.69.424.220115,575
South Salt Lake31.722.743.043136,315
SLC (Sugar House)24.517.533.342169,809
Millcreek (South)27.618.639.332112,151
Millcreek (East)17.210.426.720123,398
Holladay V229.720.541.636126,341
Cottonwood18.413.025.340213,526
Kearns V227.520.336.551204,394
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)35.627.345.765188,921
Taylorsville (West)14.89.721.529199,535
Murray33.027.345.759173,256
Midvale31.823.442.250155,127
West Jordan (Northeast) V231.522.942.346156,743
West Jordan (Southeast)18.813.026.235190,648
West Jordan (W)/Copperton11.87.617.327239,184
South Jordan V213.69.219.431243,534
Daybreak16.18.627.41486,969
Sandy (West)26.918.737.536140,390
Sandy (Center) V223.816.633.136147,112
Sandy (Northeast)18.211.128.221121,508
Sandy (Southeast)21.313.931.327151,906
Draper14.39.720.232225,216
Riverton/Bluffdale14.910.021.330208,400
Herriman8.43.317.413225,993
Tooele County (Other)20.411.433.81577,603
Tooele Valley27.921.335.962248,342
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley11.45.919.914152,648
Lehi16.812.022.947326,908
Saratoga Springs4.71.710.3*6127,393
American Fork24.017.831.651237,834
Alpine14.65.631.0*753,884
Pleasant Grove/Lindon18.713.525.345291,854
Orem (North)28.520.937.951192,994
Orem (West)22.214.432.629178,391
Orem (East)16.29.126.616114,990
Provo/BYU13.47.721.820263,610
Provo (West City Center)19.612.628.931168,008
Provo (East City Center)33.420.551.429172,797
Salem City12.74.130.0*546,810
Spanish Fork24.717.433.939210,784
Springville30.221.541.241166,577
Mapleton****
Utah County (South) V229.216.547.81666,717
Payson27.018.039.029131,763
Park City13.27.920.819146,140
Summit County (East)28.215.946.21656,436
Wasatch County14.38.821.921152,634
Daggett and Uintah County22.115.430.637186,922
Duchesne County27.818.041.126101,090
Nephi/Mona26.212.947.2*1146,570
Delta/Fillmore18.08.034.8*949,486
Sanpete Valley20.411.833.117106,590
Central (Other)17.810.328.717114,666
Richfield/Monroe/Salina21.211.435.91474,299
Carbon County52.438.469.849101,768
Emery County40.724.364.02051,226
Grand County12.44.327.8*648,073
Blanding/Monticello14.84.735.0*539,664
San Juan County (Other)****
St. George25.420.331.392432,042
Washington Co (Other) V29.627.923.6*550,577
Washington City24.915.737.624118,698
Hurricane/La Verkin14.17.723.615126,244
Ivins/Santa Clara23.613.039.41575,090
Cedar City22.716.031.241221,716
Southwest LHD (Other)20.312.830.526120,681
State of Utah22.421.623.23,11715,226,636

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, 2000-2018

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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: 19
200060
200194
2002138
2003198
2004217
2005268
2006280
2007326
2008289
2009272
2010236
2011247
2012269
2013274
2014302
2015285
2016282
2017247
2018274

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. UTVDRS is currently in its tenth year of data collection.

Data Source

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.

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