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Healthy People 2010 - With Annotations

Chapter 26

Adverse Consequences of Substance Use and Abuse

26-3. Reduce drug-induced deaths.

1 per 100,000 population.

Baseline: 5.1 drug-induced deaths per 100,000 population in 1998 (preliminary data; age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population).

Target setting method: Better than the best.

Data source: National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), CDC, NCHS.

Total Population, 1997* Drug-Induced Deaths
Rate per 100,000
Race and ethnicity  
American Indian or Alaska Native 6.6
Asian or Pacific Islander 1.6
  Asian DNC
  Native Hawaiian - Pacific Islander DNC
Black or African American 9.0
White 5.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.0
Not Hispanic or Latino 6.0
  Black or African American 9.2
  White 5.6
Female 3.6
Male 8.3
Education level
(aged 25 to 64 years)
Less than high school 18.4
High school graduate 13.9
At least some college 5.8

DNA = Data have not been analyzed. DNC = Data are not collected. DSU = Data are statistically unreliable.

Note: Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

*New data for population groups will be added when available.

Causes of drug-induced deaths include drug psychosis, drug dependence, suicide, and intentional and accidental poisoning that result from illicit drug use. Declining initiation, number of cases, and intensity of drug abuse should be reflected in fewer drug-induced deaths. However, the prevention of suicide, accidental poisoning, and fatal interaction among medications contributes to changes in the statistics measured in this objective.

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Last modified: 15-Mar-2000.