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
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
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.
Overdose Deaths due to Fentanyl (2009 to 2016)