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Opioids: Illinois’ Other Epidemic

Opioid Overdose Deaths in 2022
An 8.2% increase from 2021

Drug Overdose Deaths 2022


Since 2013, Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths Increased by


Compared to 2013, Heroin Overdose Deaths have Decreased by


more opioid deaths than car crash deaths in 2022

more opioid deaths than homicides in 2022

EMS responses to opioid overdoses in 2022

Opioid overdoses in Illinois increased 8.2% from 2021 to 2022. In 2022, there were 3,261 opioid overdose fatalities – more than twice the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents and more than twice the number of homicides. The increase in the number of fatalities is attributed to the rise of synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. Since 2013, synthetic opioid deaths in Illinois have increased 3,341%.  Whereas heroin deaths are 9.9% lower in 2022 than in 2013. 

In 2022, the overall age-adjusted opioid overdose mortality rate in Illinois was 26 per 100,000 population. Illinois ranked 29th in the country for overall drug overdose fatality rate in 20211.