CDC Releases 2016 National Statistics: WV Led the Country in Overdose Deaths....Again!

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | January 27, 2018
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources released its analysis of 2016 overdose data Tuesday, noting factors that contributed to the highest state overdose rate in the United States.
Among items included in the report, the analysis said 81 percent of people who died of an overdose interacted with at least one health system in 12 months prior to their death, and those who died were three times more likely to have three or more prescribers compared to the state Board of Pharmacy’s Controlled Substances Monitoring Program.
Thirty-three percent of those who died tested positive for a controlled substance but lacked any record regarding a prescription. Seventy-one percent of those died were more likely to be on Medicaid in the 12 months prior to their death compared to 23 percent of West Virginia’s adult population.
The analysis also found males were twice as likely as females to die from a drug overdose, although females were 80 percent more likely than to use health systems in the year prior to the death. Males in blue-collar industries with a higher risk of injury may also be at an increased risk of a fatal overdose.
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