This report presents the most recent and in-depth data on overdose and drug-induced deaths in Australia, covering the period 2002 to 2021. It is the most recent output in a series of annual publications on trends in drug overdose deaths issued by Drug Trends for over 20 years.
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Findings are reported by age, sex, jurisdiction, remoteness area, socio-economic status, intent, psychosocial risk factors, and drug type.
Our public online data visualisation allows viewers to disaggregate data in different ways, and to download these images for their own use.
Jurisdictional summary reports
Detailed analyses of deaths by jurisdiction (including by sex, age, intent, remoteness area, drug type and place of occurrence) are available at the end of this report.
For a summary of findings on trends in overdose and other drug-induced deaths for each jurisdiction, please see the full report or go to the jurisdictional summary reports:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Recommended citation: Chrzanowska A, Man N, Akhurst J, Sutherland R, Degenhardt L, Peacock A. Trends in overdose and other drug-induced deaths in Australia, 2002-2021. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney; 2023. Available from: http://doi.org/10.26190/m2gs-z325
This report was prepared by researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre for the Drug Trends program. The Drug Trends program is coordinated by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney and undertaken in partnership with the Burnet Institute, National Drug Research Institute, University of Queensland, and the University of Tasmania.
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We acknowledge all state and territory Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the Coroners and the National Coronial Information System (NCIS) for enabling Cause of Death Unit Record File (COD URF) data to be used for this publication.