Kentucky led the nation in hepatitis C cases in 2013; state's rate rose 357 percent from 2007 to 2011

May 14, 2015
by Tim Mandell
Kentucky Health News

Kentucky has the third highest drug overdose mortality rate in the U.S., with 23.6 deaths per 100,000 people, says the 2013 report "Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic," reports Trust for America's Health. "The number of drug overdose deaths—a majority of which are from prescription drugs—in Kentucky quadrupled since 1999 when the rate was 4.9 per 100,000."

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