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West Virginia public health officials are working with Johns Hopkins University professors to develop a plan to address the state’s opioid epidemic.

Last year, 884 West Virginians died after overdosing on drugs, the highest overdose fatality rate in the nation. Seven of 10 people had a prescription for at least one controlled substance a year before their death, according to a preliminary analysis by the state. And four out of 10 had a prescription filled within 30 days of their death.

Reach Eric Eyre at ericeyre@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4869 or follow @ericeyre on Twitter.

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