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Between 2014 and 2015 death rates due to opioid overdose rose by over 25 percent - more than twice the national average (11 percent) - in five states and the District of Columbia. The five states with the highest opioid death rates in 2015 were West Virginia (36 deaths per 100,000 people), New Hampshire (31.3), Ohio (24.7), Rhode Island (23.5) and Massachusetts (23.3). But opioid death rates declined by more than five percent in five states. And five states had opioid death rates under 5 percent in 2015: Nebraska (3.1), South Dakota (3.5), Hawaii (4.1), Texas (4.7) and North Dakota (4.8).
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention