"The Appalachian region has been ground zero for the opioid problem in recent years," Dylan Lovan notes for The Associated Press. "Overdose deaths were 65 percent higher among people in Appalachia than in the rest of the country in 2015, a recent Appalachian Regional Commission study found. The study, Appalachian Diseases of Despair, reported that nearly 70 percent of the overdose deaths in the Appalachian region in 2015 were caused by opioids. West Virginia had the highest opioid overdose mortality rates with 52.8 deaths per 100,000 people."
|The old DEA divisions with field offices; click on the image to enlarge it. (DEA map)|