Manchin, McDonald talk drug abuse, healthcare access

September 26, 2015
by Lydia Nuzum
Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia saw 34 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 residents from 2011-13, up dramatically from 22 deaths per 100,000 people in 2007-09, according to a report released in June by the nonprofit groups Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. West Virginia’s drug overdose death rate was more than double the national average, according to the report. The state has seen 3,000 drug overdose deaths in the past five years — an average of 600 per year, according to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. - See more at:

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