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Mississippi Drug Overdose Deaths Continue Steady: Latest Data



In 2017, reported deaths due to drug overdose were nearly unchanged from the previous year. However, deaths related to the synthetic opioid fentanyl showed the sharpest rise, increasing 82 percent in just a year, an indication that illegal use of this drug may be an emerging problem in the state. Deaths due to heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, and benzodiazepines also rose significantly.

There were 346 drug overdose deaths in Mississippi in 2017, 24 percent higher than in 2011. Half of those deaths involved prescription and non-prescription opioids – more than double the number in 2011.

See MSDH’s latest report on drug mortality in the state for complete details on Mississippi overdose deaths in 2017, including trends, type of drug, geographic locations and more.

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