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Iowa's Drug Overdose Death Rate Quadruples
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has the seventh lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, according to a new report. But the number of drug overdose deaths in Iowa quadrupled since 1999.
Trust for America's Health released the study showing rates have doubled in 29 states, quadrupled in four, and tripled in 10 more.
The researchers suggest many states are lacking effective strategies to curb prescription drug abuse, which is responsible for more deaths and heroin and cocaine combined.
Trust for America's Health evaluated each state on several strategies that have shown promise in fighting against prescription drug abuse. Those include prescription drug monitoring programs and laws that require special education for medical providers who prescribe painkillers.
The study found that many states simply don't have these programs in place.