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Fatal Drug Overdoses Drop in U.S. for First Time in Decades (1)

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:26 PM

Fewer Americans died from drug overdoses in 2018 than the year before, the first decline in almost three decades, new federal data show.

The reversal contributed to an increase in overall life expectancy in the U.S. for the first time since 2014, according to an annual report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency’s final tally of death records for 2018 also shows diminishing mortality from 6 of the 10 leading causes of death, including heart disease and cancer.

The ebb in fatal drug overdoses marks at least a respite from a decades-long opioid epidemic that...

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