West Vir­ginia leads na­tion in over­dose deaths

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West Vir­ginia has the high­est rate of over­dose deaths in the U.S., ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased last week, fur­ther spot­light­ing Ap­palachia’s fes­ter­ing drug-abuse prob­lem that is also fu­el­ing a rise in hep­ati­tis C in one of the na­tion’s poor­est re­gions.

There were 34 drug-over­dose deaths per 100,000 West Vir­ginia res­i­dents from 2011 to 2013, up sig­nif­i­cantly from 22 deaths per 100,000 peo­ple from 20072009, ac­cord­ing to the re­port re­leased by the Trust for Amer­ica’s Health and the Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion.

West Vir­ginia’s drug-over­dose death rate is more than dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. It found that West Vir­ginia’s rate far sur­passes the sec­ond-high­est state, New Mexico, which had 28.2 over­dose deaths per 100,000 peo­ple. The na­tional av­er­age is 13.4 over­dose deaths.

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