Wayne Winegarden and Mia Heck: Addressing West Virginia’s drug overdose problem

February 12, 2016
by Wayne Winegarden is a Sr. Fellow in Business & Economics at the Pacific Research Institute. Mia Heck is the director of the ALEC Task Force on Health and Human Services
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Death caused from drug overdose is reaching epidemic levels in communities across the country, with West Virginia ranking as one of the highest in the nation. According to a 2015 study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, drug overdose deaths in West Virginia were about 34 per 100,000 residents — more than double the national average. - See more at:

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