PORTLAND, OR -- According to a national survey, Oregon ranks 21st in overdose deaths. And many of those are now via prescription drugs. The Trust for America's Health said yesterday that, nationally, deaths from prescription drugs outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined. The report also shows in 29 states, including Oregon, drug overdose deaths now exceed deaths related to motor vehicles.
The group says Oregon's death rate is nearly 13 per 100,000 in population; double the rate reported in 1999. The Trust for America's Health added Oregon has taken many steps regarded as promising in combating prescription drug abuse.
North Dakota reported the lowest overdose rate, while West Virginia was the highest.
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