Special Report: Prescription for an epidemic

A joint investigation by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and The Charleston Gazette
Poisonings now kill more Americans than guns
Prescription drugs largely to blame

By Scott Finn and Tara Tuckwiller

A quiet epidemic is killing record numbers of West Virginians – drug overdoses, mostly from prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone. It’s a national problem, too. For the first time in American history, drug overdoses and other types of poisonings now kill more people than guns, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Researchers say they are shocked at the rising death toll. But behind the numbers are individual families who are losing their husbands and wives, sons and daughters. As part of a joint investigation by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and The Charleston Gazette, reporters Tara Tuckwiller and Scott Finn worked together to bring you this report.

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