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Prescription Drugs...which state could have the biggest problem

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Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in the U.S. But, more than half of states aren't doing enough to stop this dangerous epidemic.

That's according to a report from the trust for America's health, which rated each state on its compliance with 10 strategies that can help curb prescription drug abuse. 28 states and Washington D.C. were employing fewer than 6 of the 10 strategies, and only two states -- New Mexico and Vermont -- were using all 10.

The strategies included laws requiring that patients show an ID before they can receive a controlled substance, prescription drug monitoring programs, support for substance abuse treatment and mandatory education for doctors who prescribe pain medications.

The report also found drug overdose deaths doubled in 29 states over the past decade.

To see where your state ranks in overdose deaths and compliance with interventions go to tfah.org

 Just so you know, Texas ranked the eighth lowest in the country, while West Virginia was ranked the highest.

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