The CDC estimates that 400,000 Americans died from an overdose of opioids between1999 and 2017. During this time, the Federal and state governments spent billions of dollars combating opioids, and those efforts may be paying off. The latest CDC provisional data shows a decline of close to 5 percent in drug overdose deaths last year, the first drop since 1990. But as opioid-related deaths fall, deaths from other drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, are on the rise. Has the wave of overdose drug deaths finally crested, or are we on the precipice of a tsunami? With nearly 69,000 Americans dying from a drug overdose in 2018, have we done enough? Join a discussion with clinicians and researchers to go beyond the trends and learn about the policies and approaches the next Administration needs to implement in order to stem the tide of drug overdose deaths.
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