Saturday, May 7, 2016

Here’s why the opioid epidemic is so bad in West Virginia — the state with the highest overdose rate in the US

The current opioid epidemic has plagued the entire US. But it has hit one state harder than the rest — West Virginia.
West Virginia had the highest drug-overdose death rate in the US in 2014, according to a recent CDC report.
The state also has one of the highest prescription rates of opioids in the US, trailing only Alabama and Tennessee. And it ranks in the top 10 for the highest rate of prescriptions given out for high-dose opioids and extended-release opioids — both of which are targets for abusers.

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