NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A preliminary state report says all of the fatal teenage overdoses in Virginia during a four-year period could have been prevented.
The state Child Fatality Review Team examined overdose deaths of 13- through 17-year-olds from 2009 through 2013.
The team’s coordinator, Emily G. Womble, tells The Daily Press that the team saw things in all 26 cases indicating action for intervention and prevention.
The report says three-quarters of the deaths were attributed to prescription drug abuse.
Womble says a full report examining all overdose deaths from birth to age 17 won’t be complete until the spring of 2016.