CDC studies prescription overdose deaths in West Virginia

Two-thirds of drugs involved had no valid prescription

By Scott Finn
sfinn@wvpubcast.org 
It’s not every day that the federal Centers for Disease Control comes into a state to study the outbreak of a disease. And that disease is usually something like e-coli that’s spread through contamination. 

But the CDC has teamed up with state researchers to study another killer: overdoses caused by prescription drugs. West Virginia leads the nation in its rate of overdose deaths, and researchers are gathering clues about just who is dying, and why.

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