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Drug overdose deaths surge in 14 states

Posted by wlpo on December 19, 2015

A government report shows drug overdose deaths surged in 14 states last year.  Rates went up in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and other Midwestern states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Friday.

The highest overdose rates were in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.  For the nation, overdose deaths last year surpassed 47,000 – up 7 percent from the previous year. That’s the most reported in the nation since at least 1970, according to CDC records.

The count includes deaths involving powerful painkillers, sedatives, heroin, cocaine and other legal and illicit drugs.

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