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Number of Unintentional Opioid-Related Overdose Fatalities among Chittenden County Residents


Story Behind the Curve

Updated March 2019

  • Chittenden County: In 2018, opioid-related overdose fatlities among Chittenden County residents decreased by 50% (from 28 in 2017 to 14 in 2018). This is the first year since 2014 that we've seen a reduction in fatalities. If you click on the “Trend Line Comparison” button in the top right corner of the graph, you can see that opioids were involved in 88% of all drug overdose deaths in 2018.
  • Vermont: 2017 opioid-related fatality data appears to show we are beginning to bend the curve on the upward spiral of opioid-related fatalities in Vermont. After a 30% increase from 2015 to 2016 (from 74 to 96 deaths among Vermont residents); we see a 12% increase in deaths from 2016 to 2017 (from 96 to 108 deaths among Vermont residents), and a 2% increase from 2017 to 2018 (from 108 to 110). [1]
  • United States: In 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in the United States, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than 1999. In 2016, 66.4% of the 63,632 drug overdose deaths involved anopioid. In 2017, among 70,237 drug overdose deaths, 47,600 (67.8%) involved opioids, with increases across age groups, racial/ethnic groups, county urbanization levels, and in multiple states. [2] On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. [3] The social and economic costs of substance use disorder reach into every corner of our community, and affect both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. [4]
  • Vermont Department of Health
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Promote widespread distribution of Naloxone (Narcan) [5]
  • Raise awareness and encourage users to make safe choices [6]
  • Lower the barriers to buprenorphine prescriptions and make treatment more accessible [7][8]
  • Utilize evidence-based prevention strategies [9]
  • Support recovery [10]
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