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New report says W.Va. has highest rate of fatal overdoses in US, with 605% increase since 1999
Reported by: Associated Press
Monday, October 7, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
A new report says West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses, and the rate is six times higher than it was about a decade ago.
That's 605 percent higher than 1999, when the rate was just 4.1 per 100,000 people.
The growth is outpacing the rest of the nation. The report says fatal overdose rates doubled in 29 states during the same period, quadrupled in four states and tripled in 10.
But the report also noted West Virginia is tackling the problem, with eight of a possible 10 indicators of promising strategies to curb prescription drug abuse.