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California Ranked Seventh-Lowest in Opioid Deaths 

California Ranked Seventh-Lowest in Opioid Deaths 
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By    |   Friday, 27 October 2017 05:59 PM

California has been spared the "killing fields" of the opioid crisis in the rest of the country, with the seventh-lowest rate of drug overdoses in the nation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In West Virginia, the state hardest hit by the epidemic, 41 of every 100,000 residents died from drug overdoses in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In California, the rate was 11 of every 100,000.

Some public health experts suggest the low rate may be due to both demographics and the type of heroin available — with fentanyl overdoses less pervasive in California than elsewhere, the Times reported.

"We're spared in California," Daniel Ciccarone, a University of California San Francisco professor who studies heroin usage, told the Times. "We have the episodic things — the East Coast is the killing fields."

According to the Times, California had one of the highest rates of drug-related deaths in the nation 20 years ago. Between 1999 and 2015, the rate continued to climb, increasing by 30 percent, according to data from the CDC. But the increase was worse just about everywhere else; in West Virginia, for example, the rate grew by 975 percent. California now has one of the lowest drug-death rates in the nation.

Ciccarone and other experts told the Times cartels might not be sending as much heroin and fentanyl to California.

"There's no social demographic rhyme or reason as to why the zone that's bad off with heroin and fentanyl is," said Ciccarone, referring to the Midwest and New England. "It seems to me that it's a supply issue that's driving fentanyl and heroin overdoses."

He warned, however: "There's no reason to think there'd be demand for fentanyl in Detroit, but not demand in San Francisco. That still means the boogeyman is out there."

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California has been spared the "killing fields" of the opioid crisis in the rest of the country, with the seventh-lowest rate of drug overdoses in the nation, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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