Kentucky to receive $1.08 million to address prescription overdose; local leaders honored for impact on region's healthcare
August 4, 2014
Kentucky had the third highest mortality rate of prescription drug overdoses in 2010 (23.6 per 100,000), with the number of all drug overdose deaths more than quadrupling since 1999 (4.9 per 100,000), according to a 2013 report byTrust For America's Health. Nationally the rate has doubled.
"Hal Rogers has been calling attention to - and leading the fight against - this terrible epidemic," Dr. Frieden said. "I'm honored to be with him to advance these important programs to stop the epidemic."
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