State is Number One for Drug Overdoses
A new report said 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. The report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health says 28.9 per 100,000 people died of fatal overdoses in 2010. The majority of those involved prescription drugs. That's 605 percent higher than 1999, and the growth is outpacing the rest of the nation. 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.