Approximately, 75% of all drug overdoses in the District of Columbia are opioid related. The DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) investigated a total of 1841 deaths due to the use of opioids from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021. There has been a total of 422 opioid overdoses in 2021 year-to-date*. In 2016, the most prevalent drug identified was heroin. However, beginning in 2017, the most prevalent drug identified is fentanyl.
Similar to the past two years, fentanyl continued to be the most prevalent opioid identified in 2021.
Opioid overdoses continue to be most prevalent among African Americans, males and those between the ages of 40-69.
Opioid overdoses were most prevalent among wards 5, 7, 8. However, there are variations across years. The percentage of opioid overdoses in all wards increased in 2020 from 2019.