About the Data
Mortality data was queried from CDC WONDER based on the following combinations of ICD-10 codes:
For opioid deaths — UCD codes: F11.0, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14; MCD codes: T40.0-T40.4, T40.6
For heroin deaths — UCD codes: X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14; MCD codes: T40.1.
For fentanyl/synthetic opioid (excluding methadone) deaths — UCD codes: X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14; MCD codes: T40.4
Prescription data was published by the CDC (link). The CDC's source for this data was IQVIA Xponent 2006–2017. "IQVIA Xponent is based on a sample of approximately 50,000 retail (non-hospital) pharmacies, which dispense nearly 90% of all retail prescriptions in the United States. For this database, a prescription is an initial or refill prescription dispensed at a retail pharmacy in the sample and paid for by commercial insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or cash or its equivalent. This database does not include mail order pharmacy data."