Commentary

New Data on Drug Overdose Deaths Highlight the Need for State-Level Analysis

New provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that the persistent increases in overdose deaths may be slowing, with a possible leveling out or even a small drop in U.S. opioid-related overdose deaths in late 2017 and early 2018. But because the specifics of the opioid crisis vary across states, we can’t truly understand and effectively respond to the opioid crisis without examining state-level data.

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