According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia had the nation's highest age-adjusted death rate for drug overdoses in 2014 and 2015, the last years for which rate have been computed.
|(Post graphic: Age-adjusted overdose rate 1999-2015)|
From 2007 to 2012, drug wholesalers shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills into West Virginia, where 1,728 residents fatally overdosed on the two painkillers, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported in December. One problem is that little is done to report suspicious orders. From 2001 to June 2012 the pharmacy board received only two reports of suspicious orders.