- Pediatric opioid-related death rates have almost tripled in the United States since 1999.
- Rates vary by region.
Why this matters
- About 500 US children die annually from opioid-related poisoning.
- The influence of region of residence has not been established.
- This study does not establish what might underlie these differences.
- 8986 children died from opioid-related poisoning from 1999 to 2016.
- Rate increased 268.2% (Ptrend<.001 from to per children during that time.>
- The Northeast had the highest mortality rates (1.05 per 100,000 in 2016), but the Midwest saw the steepest increase:
- 429% (Ptrend<.001>
- From 0.17 in 1999 to 0.90 per 100,000 in 2016.
- 200.0% (Ptrend<.001>
- From 0.19 in 1999 to 0.57 per 100,000 in 2016.
- CDC mortality data, 1999-2016, by 4 US regions for those age
- Data were presented at a conference and were not peer-reviewed.
- Reporting errors possible.