Overdose Deaths are Up 4% in the Last Year

Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 6:00 AM CDT

SEATTLE, Oct. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- QuoteWizard®, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation's leading online insurance marketplaces, released a new report analyzing overdose deaths in each state.

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QuoteWizard found that over the last year more than 103,000 people have died of a drug-related overdose. Overdose deaths have been rising steadily since 2015 but they have skyrocketed in the last two years.

QuoteWizard found that overdose deaths have increased 4% in the last year and nearly 50% since 2019.

The report provides a detailed look at overdose deaths in each state. QuoteWizard found that overdose deaths vary significantly by state. Alaska has experienced a 44% increase in deaths over the last year, while deaths have declined by 31% in Virginia.

QuoteWizard also looked at the drugs most commonly involved in overdose deaths. The report found that opioids were involved in 71% of overdose deaths, followed by cocaine and psychostimulants.

The full report is available here:


Key findings:

  • Nationwide, 103,664 people died of an overdose in 2021, compared to 68,757 in 2019 and 99,973 in 2020.
  • Alaska, New Hampshire and Idaho have had the highest increases in overdose-related deaths since 2020.
  • West Virginia, Louisiana and Tennessee have the highest rates of overdose deaths.
  • Combined, opioids account for nearly 70% of overdose deaths.

About QuoteWizard QuoteWizard (quotewizard.com) is an insurance comparison marketplace for consumers looking to save on insurance. QuoteWizard provides consumers with direct access to thousands of qualified agents in all 50 states and major carriers, who offer personalized quotes and the opportunity to save up to 40% on auto, home, health, and life insurance. Agents and carriers, in turn, benefit from millions of highly qualified leads, calls, and traffic to their site. Based in Seattle, QuoteWizard was founded in 2006.

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