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Commentary

State Of The States Opioid Survey And Analysis

This commentary examines how, in 2018, the United States achieved its first decline in drug overdose deaths in decades, with overall drug overdoses decreasing 4.1% from 2017. However, provisional data on overdose deaths released by the CDC indicate that drug overdose deaths rebounded in 2019, rising 4.6% over the previous year.  Further, initial evidence and anecdotal reports indicate that overdoses continue to increase significantly during the  COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting increased stress and isolation during the pandemic, as well as challenges in access to treatment and other support services.