13 states with the highest opioid prescriptions
Opioid prescriptions have nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. Medical experts are calling our nation's opioid issue an epidemic as Americans die from overdoses every day.
The following 13 states had the highest number of opioid prescriptions per 100 people in 2012 with an average rate between 96 and 143 prescriptions, based on National Prescription Audit 2012 data.
Note: The states are ordered in alphabetical order and all fall within the aforementioned 96 to 143 range.
8. North Carolina
11. South Carolina
13. West Virginia
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