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Policy Impact: Prescription Drug Overdose State Rates

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State Drug overdose age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 people in 2008 Kilograms of prescription painkillers sold, rates per 10,000 people in 2010

Alabama

13.1

9.7

Alaska

18.1

8.2

Arizona

13.1

8.4

Arkansas

13.1

8.6

California

10.4

6.2

Colorado

14.6

6.3

Connecticut

10.8

6.7

Delaware

14.5

10.2

District of Columbia

9.4

3.9

Florida

16.5

12.6

Georgia

9.5

6.5

Hawaii

9.4

5.9

Idaho

9.7

7.5

Illinois

10.5

3.7

Indiana

13.2

8.1

Iowa

7.1

4.6

Kansas

8

6.8

Kentucky

17.9

9

Louisiana

15

6.8

Maine

12.3

9.8

Maryland

11.9

7.3

Massachusetts

11.8

5.8

Michigan

12.2

8.1

Minnesota

7.2

4.2

Mississippi

10.6

6.1

Missouri

13.1

7.2

Montana

14.1

8.4

Nebraska

5.5

4.2

Nevada

19.6

11.8

New Hampshire

9.3

8.1

New Jersey

8

6

New Mexico

27

6.7

New York

8.4

5.3

North Carolina

12.9

6.9

North Dakota

7.6

5

Ohio

15.1

7.9

Oklahoma

15.8

9.2

Oregon

11.7

11.6

Overall

11.9

7.1

Pennsylvania

15

8

Rhode Island

17.2

5.9

South Carolina

12.6

7.2

South Dakota

7.3

5.5

Tennessee

14.8

11.8

Texas

8.6

4.2

Utah

18.4

7.4

Vermont

10.9

8.1

Virginia

9.1

5.6

Washington

14.7

9.2

West Virginia

25.8

9.4

Wisconsin

10.5

6.5

Wyoming

14.4

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