West Virginia and Ohio rank high on number of opioid deaths

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - The opioid epidemic is an ongoing issue in the Ohio Valley; one new report shines light on the states being most affected.
The Commonwealth Fund, an organization that strives to promote better healthcare throughout the country released a report this month which talks about the Opioid epidemic.
West Virginia was the #1 state for opioid-related deaths with around 57 deaths per 100 thousand people.
Ohio came in second with around 46 deaths per 100 thousand residents.
With this being the case, local law enforcement has tried to combat this issue recently in the community.
During the period researched West Virginia was also one of the top states for growth in deaths due to Alcohol and suicide.