Overdose Death Data

We update this information every 6 months. You can find Monthly Overdose Data at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

2016 data is preliminary. Most overdose deaths are confirmed within 3 months; however, sometimes toxicology test results take longer to confirm.

Overdose affects communities across Rhode Island

In 2016, 336 Rhode Islanders lost their lives to overdose. From 2011 to 2016, overdose deaths increased by more than 90 percent.
Source (RIDOH)

Overdose Deaths by City/Town (2014 to 2016)

Note: Data refers to deaths attributed to accidental drug overdose and are mapped according to the city/town in which the overdose occurred. We have suppressed towns with less than 5 deaths to protect privacy and confidentiality.

Overdoses are caused by prescription medications and illicit drugs

Rhode Island’s overdose crisis began with prescription drugs, but overdose deaths from prescription drugs have leveled. Deaths from illicit drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl, are on the rise.
Source (RIDOH) Learn about opioids

Overdose Deaths by Drug Type (2009 to 2016)

Note: Rx medications include prescription opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and benzodiazepines. Illicit drugs include substances such as heroin, illicit fentanyl, and cocaine.

Fentanyl-related overdoses are on the rise

Fentanyl, a highly potent opioid, poses a great threat and worsens our overdose crisis. The number of overdose deaths related to fentanyl has increased by almost 20-fold since 2009. In 2016, over 50% of overdose deaths have involved fentanyl.
Source (RIDOH) Learn more about Fentanyl

Overdose Deaths due to Fentanyl (2009 to 2016)

About 3 in 4 people who die of an overdose are men

Source (RIDOH)

Overdose Deaths by Sex (2009 to 2016)

All age groups are affected, but most overdoses occur among adults

Source (RIDOH)

Overdose Deaths by Age Group (2014 to 2016)

Former inmates are at high risk of overdose

Source (RIDOH)

Proportion of Overdose Decedents Released from the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutes within 1 Year of Death (2014-2016)