Overdose Death Data

Note: Due to COVID-19, some 2020 data may be delayed.

Note: We update this information biannually. You can find Monthly Overdose Data at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Overdose affects communities across Rhode Island:

In Rhode Island, every town has seen an overdose. This map uses information from the Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s Office to show in what town overdoses happened.

Source (RIDOH)


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


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 illicit fentanyl has increased by almost 30-fold since 2009. In 2018, over 70% of overdose deaths have involved illicit fentanyl.

Source (RIDOH) Learn more about Fentanyl


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

Source (RIDOH)


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

Source (RIDOH)


Interested in more Overdose Death Data?

To begin, try clicking on different Age, Gender, and Substance options on the right side of the graph.

Source (RIDOH)