West Virginia MetroNews – West Virginia’s drug overdose mortality rate is the highest in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 1,500 West Virginians will have died from a drug overdose from May 2022 to May of this year.
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In addition, thousands more West Virginians have drug problems. A survey by WalletHub found that West Virginia ranked second in the country, behind only New Mexico, for the percentage of residents who abuse drugs.
The impact of addiction is not confined to the individual. According to Psychology Today, “1 in 5 children grows up in a home where a parent abuses drugs or alcohol. Witnessing the trauma of a parent suffering from addiction at a young age has long-term effects on the child.”
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