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Drug overdoses, both fatal and nonfatal, have become an epidemic nationally as well as in Missouri over the past decade. Missouri ranked 31st among all states for drug overdose death rates in 2021 (with a rank of 50th having the worst/highest death rate). Additionally, drug overdose is the #1 leading cause of death among adults aged 18-44 in Missouri. Breaking down drug overdose deaths by drug type can be complicated as many times more than one drug may be identified, however, most drug overdose deaths (over 70%) do involve opioids. The opioid class of drugs include heroin, fentanyl, methadone, morphine, oxycodone and many other prescription and non-prescription pain relievers. The burden of drug overdose impacts families, communities and healthcare systems. The drug epidemic affects all genders, races and many age groups in rural and urban Missouri communities. The data displayed here helps to tell the story so those interested in the topic can better understand past and current trends. Please visit the resources page for information on education and linkage to care programs.

Use each tab below to see data demonstrating the Death Toll, Burden to Healthcare, Impact on the Future, and Rescue Mission of the drug epidemic.

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