Drug overdose deaths continue to be a leading cause of mortality in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since 2009 an increasing proportion of drug overdose deaths have been caused by opioids, with overdose deaths involving opioids increasing 15% from 2020 to 2021.
About State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS)
The State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) is a statewide surveillance system that collects information on overdose deaths. Overdoses that are unintentional or have an undetermined intent are included in the system. SUDORS is a unique multi-source data system combining information from death certificates, toxicology reports, and medical examiner reports. SUDORS cases include overdoses involving street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens and overdoses involving prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, veterinary drugs, dietary supplements and non-medicinal substances used primarily for the feeling that they cause. Cases that only involve alcohol, tobacco, or inhalants (such as organic solvents) are excluded.