Report shows Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are among states with highest drug overdose rates

A new report finds that Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are ranked in the top 20 states with the highest number of drug overdose mortality rates.

The report, Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic , shows overdose deaths have doubled in 29 states since 1999. Out of those states, rates have tripled in 10 of them and quadrupled in four.

HealthyAmericans.org says prescription drug related deaths have surpassed the number of deaths caused by heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.

They also say the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs costs the U.S. an estimated $53.4 billion a year and only one in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment.

"Prescription drugs can be a miracle for many, but misuse can have dire consequences. The rapid rise of abuse requires nothing short of a full-scale response - starting with prevention and education all the way through to expanding and modernizing treatment," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America's Health. "There are many promising signs that we can turn this around - but it requires urgent action."

According to the report, Kentucky has the third highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country, with 23.6 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities.

The number of drug overdose deaths in Kentucky has quadrupled since 1999.

The report shows Ohio ranked at No. 12 for the highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country with 16.1 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities.

The number of drug overdose deaths in Ohio has tripled since 1999.

Indiana has the 17th highest drug mortality rate in America, according to the report, with 14.4 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities.

The number of drug overdose deaths in Indiana has quadrupled since 1999.

The report ranks West Virginia with the highest number of drug overdose deaths in America and North Dakota with the least amount of overdose deaths.

For more information and an interactive map, click here: http://www.healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/

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