WV overdose deaths set record in 2017 – including for methamphetamine… (Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail)


The overdose data shows a sharp rise in non-opioid drug deaths. Methamphetamine overdoses nearly doubled in one year, from 107 in 2016 to 198 last year. Amphetamine-related showed a similar increase, from 117 to 209. Meth addicts are more likely to commit violent crimes, and they’re more resistant to entering drug treatment programs, according to police and health care workers. “We are concerned, as law enforcement tells us, there is a lot more meth happening,” Gupta said. “It’s a concerning trend.”