Opioid overdose deaths in Oklahoma counties

More than 1,800 people died in Oklahoma from opioid overdose from 2013 to 2016.

Though the state’s¬†unintentional overdose death rate involving prescription opioids decreased by 28 percent from 2007 to 2016, prescription opioids are the most common substance involved in unintentional overdoses, according to data from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Preliminary data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in February suggests overdose deaths increased by 12 percent in Oklahoma from 2016 to 2017. The number rose from 752 to 844, preliminary data shows.

Oklahoma has 77 counties. Here is a breakdown of the 20 counties with the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths: (Click here to get the data for all counties)

No. 20 Sequoyah County

No. 19 McCurtain County: 

No. 18 Jefferson County

No. 17 Carter County

No. 16 Wagoner County

No. 15 Cotton County

No. 14 Alfalfa County

No. 13 Pawnee County

No. 12 Cherokee County

No. 11 Love County

N0. 10 LeFlore County

N0. 9 Muskogee County

No. 8 Murray County

No. 7 Woods County

No. 6 Beckham County

No. 5 Bryan County

No. 4 Atoka County

No. 3 Blaine County

No. 2 Choctaw County

No. 1 Pushmataha County

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Kassie McClung

Staff writer

Kassie McClung joined The Frontier in May 2016. She reports on health, criminal justice and other state issues. Kassie holds a bachelors degree in multimedia journalism from Oklahoma State University. She likes dogs, maps and data. She can be reached at Kassie@readfrontier.com or 918-935-1044. Follow her on Twitter @KassieMcClung.