· 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.