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Washington ranks 20th in prescription-drug abuse

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Washington ranks 20th in prescription-drug abuse

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- A new report from the DC-based Trust for America’s Health ranks Washington 20th for prescription drug abuse.

The report, using 2010 data, says prescription drug-related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, and outpace traffic-related deaths in 29 states and the nation’s capital.

According to the report, Washington’s prescription-drug mortality rate was 13.1 per 100,000, a 41-percent increase since 1999.

West Virginia’s prescription-drug mortality rate was 28.9 per 100,000, which is highest in the nation.

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