West Virginia ranked 5th in per capita prescription spending

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) -- According to The Senior List, West Virginians spend the fifth most per person on prescription medications; just under $2,000.

A local expert told us this afternoon that part of the reason for this may be that the state has a higher percentage of people with diabetes and high blood pressure that most places in the United States.

The most frequently filled prescriptions, according to the survey, are high cholesterol medications and high blood pressure medications.

The highest per capita spending on prescriptions is Delaware, Kentucky, Tennessee and Washington, DC.