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Oklahoma highest in reported painkiller abuse

By The Associated Press Modified: November 2, 2011 at 11:13 am •  Published: November 2, 2011
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BY THE NUMBERS

How Oklahoma ranks in painkiller abuse

Deaths from drug overdoses, particularly prescription painkillers, increased significantly over a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. In 2008, 36,450 people died of drug overdoses — a national rate of nearly 12 per 100,000 people. Nationally, almost 5 percent of Americans 12 and older reported abusing painkillers in the past year.

Fatal drug overdoses

States with the highest rate of fatal overdoses per 100,000 people:

1. New Mexico, 27

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, 16.5kk

9. Oklahoma, 15.8

10. Ohio, 15.1

Painkiller abuse

States with the

highest painkiller

abuse rates:

1. Oklahoma, 8.1%

2. Oregon, 6.8%

3. Washington, 6.1%

3. Rhode Island, 6.1%

4. Arizona, 6%

4. Kentucky, 6%

5. West Virginia, 5.9%

5. Nevada, 5.9%

5. New Hampshire, 5.9%

6. Idaho, 5.8%

SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS, CDC.gov