Thursday, November 29, 2018
New federal data show the Ohio Valley again led the nation in rates of fatal drug overdoses last year.
The data confirm what local officials have reported: Synthetic opioids are fueling the increase.
West Virginia had the nation’s highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in 2017 with 57.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Ohio had the second-highest rate with 46.3 deaths per 100,000 people. And Kentucky was fifth in the nation with a rate of at 37.2 deaths per 100,000 people.