"Every day, 44 people die in American communities from an overdose of prescription opioids and many more become addicted," said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden in an agency news release."States are on the frontline of witnessing these overdose deaths. This research can help inform their prescription overdose prevention efforts and save lives."
The analyzed states include:
- West Virginia
"A more comprehensive approach is needed to address the prescription opioid overdose epidemic, including guidance to providers on the risks and benefits of these medications," said the director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Dr. Debra Houry, in the news release.
The findings were published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.