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U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases

NPR (7/18/19)

Good news came out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday: Preliminary data shows reported drug overdoses declined 4.2% in 2018, after rising precipitously for decades.

"It looks like this is the first turnaround since the opioid crisis began," says Bertha Madras who served on President Trump's opioid commission, and is a professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School.

She says it won't be entirely clear until the CDC finalizes the numbers but, "I think the tide could be turning."

But not everyone was celebrating. Some states actually saw double-digit increases...

The provisional data shows Missouri deaths increased by 17% — one of 18 states that saw a year-over-year increase.

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