March 7, 2012

Overdose Deaths Are Ninth Highest in US

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Oklahoma ranks among the top 10 states for number of drug overdose deaths, with 15.8 fatalities for every 100,000 Oklahomans in 2008.

New Mexico takes the No. 1 spot with 27 deaths per 100,000 population. Oklahoma’s rate is higher than those in any surrounding state except New Mexico. The U.S. average is 11.9 deaths per 100,000 Americans.

Here’s the complete list of the top 10 states for the number of drug overdose deaths, per 100,000 population.

1. New Mexico – 27.0

2. West Virginia – 25.8

3. Nevada – 19.6

4. Utah – 18.4

5. Alaska – 18.1

6. Kentucky – 17.9

7. Rhode Island – 17.2

8. Florida – 16.5

9. Oklahoma – 15.8

10. Ohio – 15.1

The U.S. average is 11.9 deaths.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention