Opioid death rates may be under-reported by 24%

Although opioid death rates in the U.S. are already staggeringly high, it’s possible that they’re being under-reported by 24%, according to a new study by an economist published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Many state death certificates do not specify that the cause of death was an opioid or heroin overdose, even when it is very likely the cause. The new study uses statistical modeling to “correct” death certificate reporting to try to produce a more accurate picture of the extent of the problem.

According to the study, overdose deaths may be particularly understated in Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

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