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CDC Data Show Ohio Valley Still Has Nationís Highest Overdose Death Rates

Thursday, November 29, 2018

by WOUB Digital Athens OH

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.

The Centers for Disease Control data show the rates for these three states were above the national average of 21.7. The rates are also an increase  from 2016.