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US drug overdose deaths drop by 5.1%

Drug overdose deaths in the US have fallen for the first time since 1999, according to preliminary official data.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures showed a drop of 5.1% in 2018 from the year before.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said this was down to a decline in deaths linked to opioids.

US efforts "to curb opioid use disorder and addiction are working," he said in a statement, although he added the issue "will not be solved overnight".

The US is in the midst of an opioid crisis, with hundreds of thousands thought to have died over the last few decades.

Given the pretty alarming rate at which these deaths have been rising in recent years, I'm glad to see that this trend has begun to reverse.

Hopefully, it'll continue to do so :) !
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US drug overdose deaths drop by 5.1% - by Kyng - 07-17-2019, 10:59 PM

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