Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government

VA Health Systems Research

Go to the VA ORD website
Go to the QUERI website

HSR&D Citation Abstract

Search | Search by Center | Search by Source | Keywords in Title

Brief Report: Opioid-Involved Overdose Mortality in United States Veterans.

Peltzman T, Ravindran C, Schoen PM, Morley SW, Drexler K, Katz IR, McCarthy JF. Brief Report: Opioid-Involved Overdose Mortality in United States Veterans. The American journal on addictions. 2020 Jul 1; 29(4):340-344.

Dimensions for VA is a web-based tool available to VA staff that enables detailed searches of published research and research projects.

If you have VA-Intranet access, click here for more information

VA staff not currently on the VA network can access Dimensions by registering for an account using their VA email address.
   Search Dimensions for VA for this citation
* Don't have VA-internal network access or a VA email address? Try searching the free-to-the-public version of Dimensions


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to assess trends in opioid-involved overdose mortality among US Veterans. METHODS: Age-adjusted drug overdose mortality rates, overall and by opioid subtype, were assessed from National Death Index data for US Veterans; statistical significance of trends was assessed for 2010 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. RESULTS: Veteran age-adjusted overdose mortality rates increased 23.7% from 2010 to 2015 (19.7-24.4 of 100?000) and a further 20.4% through 2016 (29.3 of 100?000). Opioid involvement increased from 51.3% in 2010 to 62.1% in 2016, as opioid overdose rates increased from 10.9 to 19.5 of 100?000. Overdose mortality varied substantially by opioid subtype and demographics. CONCLUSIONS AND SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: This report provides the first-ever description of trends and characteristics of overdose mortality and opioid-involved deaths among US Veterans of military service for the period 2010 to 2016. With the exception of female Veterans and Veterans in Western States, it has been found that trends in Veteran overdose mortality paralleled rising rates of drug overdose observed in the United States more broadly. Published 2020. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA. (Am J Addict 2020;00:00-00).

Questions about the HSR website? Email the Web Team

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.