Report: Boone County Leads US in Per-Capita Opioid-Related Costs
Eric Eyre | Charelston Gazette-Media
“It’s a staggering cost for a county with 23,645 people in rural Southern West Virginia, a region also struggling with the loss of coal jobs. Boone County’s opioid-related economic cost comes out to $8,734 per person, the AEI study found.
“In West Virginia, the numbers are driven up by the amount of misuse [of drugs] and the amount of fatalities,” said Alex Brill, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.”