Overdose Statistics

The rates of overdose deaths have sharply increased over the past 17 years. The following data has been sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

of all opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. involved prescription opioids in 2017.

people died in the U.S. from prescription opioid-related overdoses from 1999-2017.

Prescription opioids include natural opioids, semi-synthetic opioids and methadone that are prescribed as pain medication or to help treat opioid use disorders.

Methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone are the most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose.

Wisconsin ranked 20th for highest number of drug overdose deaths with 1,177 in 2017 alone.







Compared to the state and nation, Racine County has seen a more dramatic increase in the drug overdose mortality rate over the last several years.

183% increase in the Racine County overdose mortality rate between 2000 and 2017


Overdose deaths have increased dramatically in Racine County over the past 17 years due in large part to the opioid epidemic.

72% of all overdose deaths in Racine County from 2000 to 2017 were associated with opioid use


Synthetic opioids and heroin have two of the sharpest increases, while prescription opioids have decreased due to prescription drug monitoring programs and awareness campaigns.




25-34 year olds acount for the highest rates of overdose-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in Racine County.



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