Opioid Overdoses, Age at Death

New York Finger Lakes Region (2010-2015)

This chart shows the age breakdown for opioid overdose deaths. The mortality data shows distinct differences between racial/ethnic groups – in particular, African-Americans dying from opioid overdoses are significantly older. While only 27 percent of white and 31 percent of Latino deaths occur at age 50 or older, the corresponding metric for blacks is 52 percent.


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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