Published: Nov 01, 2011 9:06 PM EDT

Deaths from drug overdoses, particularly prescription painkillers, increased significantly over a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. In 2008, 36,450 people died of drug overdoses - a national rate of nearly 12 per 100,000 people.
    
States with the highest rates for fatal drug overdoses:
    
1. New Mexico, 27
    
2. West Virginia, 25.8
    
3. Nevada, 19.6
    
4. Utah, 18.4
    
5. Alaska,18.1
    
6. Kentucky, 17.9
    
7. Rhode Island, 17.2
    
8. Florida, 16.5kk
    
9. Oklahoma, 15.8
    
10. Ohio, 15.1

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)