West Virginia still leads the nation in the rate of drug overdose deaths according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in West Virginia was 52 per 100,000 in 2016, The Register-Herald reported.
Ohio just edged ahead of New Hampshire in 2016, coming in second with a rate of 39.1 deaths per 100,000. New Hampshire dropped to third place with a rate of 39 drug overdose deaths per 100,000.
The CDC said that West Virginia was the state with the highest rate of drug overdose deaths according to 2016 statistics. Synthetic opioid fentanyl was linked to 19,400 deaths that year
The CDC said there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016.
Overall, the age-adjusted rate of deaths grew 21 per cent from 2015 to 2016, increasing from 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015 to 19.8 per 100,000 in 2016.
Top five states with the highest rate of age-adjusted drug overdose deaths in 2016
1. West Virginia: 52 deaths per 100,000 people
2. Ohio: 39.1 deaths per 100,000 people
3. New Hampshire: 39 deaths per 100,000 people
4. District of Columbia: 38.8 deaths per 100,000 people
5. Pennsylvania: 37.9 deaths per 100,000 people
Of those 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016, it was determined that the synthetic opioid fentanyl was linked to 19,400 deaths.
The deadliest drug was determined to be the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which was linked to more than 19,400 deaths.
The data indicated that drug overdose deaths connected to synthetic opioids doubled in just 12 months, growing from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015 to 6.2 per 100,000 in 2016.
In a press release, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., advocated for a quadrupling of addiction prevention efforts, as well as increases in preventing overdose deaths and treatment opportunities. He also urged his fellow congressmen to pass his LifeBOAT act.
The LifeBOAT act aims to place a one-cent fee on every milligram of opioid produced, thus creating a permanent way to fund treatment centers. It’s estimated that if the bill passes, it would collect about $2billion a year in fees.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., urged his fellow congressman to quadruple addiction prevention efforts and consider passing his LifeBOAT act which would put a fee on every milligram of opioid produced, potentially raising as much as $2billion a year for treatment centers
Drug overdose deaths connected to synthetic opioids doubled in just 12 months, growing from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015 to 6.2 per 100,000 in 2016.
‘Despite my best efforts to work with congressional leadership and two administrations for nearly a decade, our country still cannot properly combat an epidemic that is ravaging our nation and that will change every aspect of our society for generations to come,’ Manchin said in the release.
He said that it is now necessary to focus efforts on rehabilitation, in part to help people with substance abuse problems ‘become a contributing member of society.’
‘For too long, we have focused on Band-Aid solutions as this crisis has compounded into too many societal issues to count,’ he said.