ED Visits for Drug Overdose

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Quarterly Emergency Department Visits for Unintentional Drug Overdose among Virginia Residents

2019: Quarter 1  Quarter 2  Quarter 3  Quarter 4

2020*: Quarter 1

2021: Quarter 1 (Corrected 10/08/21)     Quarter 2 (Corrected 10/08/21)      Quarter 3        Quarter 4

2022: Quarter 1   Quarter 2   Quarter 3   Quarter 4

* The Virginia Department of Health suspended the publication of the quarterly report from Quarter 2 – Quarter 4 2020 due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A special 2020 supplemental annual report summarizing drug overdose trends during the COVID-19 pandemic is available along with the monthly statistics published below.

Monthly and Annual Statistics, 2015 – 2023

2015-2023 Statistics (.xlsx file) [Published 03/08/23]  *NEW* As of December 2022, VDH started reporting statewide demographic information by overdose category, sex, age, and race/ethnicity.

Supplemental 2020 Annual Report [Published 1/26/21]


Drug Overdose Case Definitions

This page provides a summary of changes made to the drug overdose case definitions by VDH since September 2016.


Archived Monthly Reports, 2016-2018


VDH Opioid Addiction Data Portal

A data portal presenting health outcomes in Virginia related to opioid addiction and overdose, including an interactive data page for Emergency Department Visits that summarizes Virginia residents who sought care at EDs for unintentional overdose as identified by the chief complaint or discharge diagnosis. ED visits are categorized into three unintentional drug overdose case definitions: all drug overdose, opioid or unspecified substance overdose, and heroin overdose.