How West Virginia Became Ground Zero for the Opioid Epidemic

December 19, 2016
by Eric Pianin
Fiscal Times

West Virginia has the highest rate of deaths from drug overdoses of any state. Between 2011 and 2013, West Virginia suffered from a rate of 33.5 drug overdoses per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 13.4 deaths, according to a report by the non-partisan Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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