A new study examining drug poisoning deaths in 2020-2021 revealed that men were more susceptible to opioid- and stimulant-involved poisoning deaths, with a mortality rate 2-3 times than women. The study highlights several contributing factors, including biological, behavioral, and social elements, along with the higher prevalence of illicit drug use among men.
To discern rates of drug misuse across genders, the study employed a state-by-state analysis using nationally representative overdose mortality epidemiological data for those aged 15-74, as well as state-level nationally representative data from 2020-2021.
Understanding the intersection of social, behavioral, sex, and gender factors is crucial for future research assessing addiction, drug misuse, and drug poisoning deaths.
Read the news release here.