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· In 2008, 390 West Virginians died from accidental overdoses involving prescription drugs, according to the state Health Statistics Center. In 2001, 91 West Virginians died this way.

· West Virginia has the nation's highest rate of drug deaths. Between 2001 and 2008, more than nine out of 10 of those deaths involved prescription drugs.

· Drug overdoses now kill more West Virginians each year than car accidents do. It’s the leading cause of accidental deaths in the state.

· Between 2001 and 2008, the statewide death rate of overdoses involving prescription drugs more than quadrupled, from 5.1 deaths per 100,000 residents to 21.5.

http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201101151175

Submitted by:

James A. Rose

Regional Threat Preparedness Coordinator

Regional Threat Preparedness Unit

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department

 

 

 
   

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:08 PM

 
 

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