Heroin Overdose Inpatient & ED Visits by Race/Ethnicity & Age

New York Finger Lakes Region (2011-2016)

This chart shows the age breakdown for heroin overdose ED and inpatient visits. There are some large differences across racial/ethnic groups. Of the heroin overdoses by whites, a majority are by those under 30 yrs old. Only 8 percent of the white heroin overdose visits are by the 50 years and older group, compared to 44 percent of the black and 20 percent of the Latino heroin overdoses.


Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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