Pennsylvania leads in young male OD deaths; New Jersey 4th

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – An analysis indicates that Pennsylvania leads the nation in drug overdose deaths among young adult men and New Jersey isn’t too far behind.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1S8nOLs ) the numbers are included in a report on teen substance abuse released Thursday by the public health nonprofit Trust for America’s Health.

The analysis says Pennsylvania had 30.3 deaths per 100,000 young adults. That was slightly higher than New Mexico. New Jersey ranks fourth in the analysis.

Bucks and Gloucester counties led their respective states in overdose fatality rates among males 19 to 25. Each of their rates is nearly three times that of Philadelphia’s.

But the analysis says Pennsylvania ranks ninth when all ages and genders are combined. New Jersey’s overall rate is below the national average.

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