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U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 July 2019 16:58

Selena Simmons-Duffin reports for NPR via Health News Florida on 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...But not everyone was celebrating. Some states actually saw double-digit increases.
    
"It is still a nightmare. And the danger in media over-portraying this is actually quite substantial," says Shawn Ryan, MD, an addiction doctor in Ohio and past-president of the Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine. "If we look at just that decrease nationally - which is not that big - we're missing the point. In order to get back to baseline, we have a very long way to go." 

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