At the current U.S. drug overdose death rate, what is the average lifetime chance of dying from a drug overdose?
At the current drug overdose death rate, one in every 65 people in the U.S. will die of a drug overdose. The rate of drug overdose deaths has tripled over the past 15 years. In 2016, more than 63,600 people were killed by drug overdoses. This is 3.9 times greater than the 16,459 murders committed that year.