Report: Boone County Leads US in Per-Capita Opioid-Related Costs

Eric Eyre | Charleston Gazette-Mail

“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.”

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