July 18, 2019

CDC: Drug overdose mortality drops for the first time in 20 years

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

The US drug overdose mortality rate dropped 5.1% to 68,557 deaths last year, compared with 72,224 in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reported on July 17.

It’s the first time overdose mortality has declined since 1999.

The CDC noted that the death counts are provisional based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System.

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