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Drug deaths hit record level last year, DEA says

Nov 03, 2018 - The Seattle Times

WASHINGTON - Drug-overdose deaths hit the highest level recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying each day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths.

Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people died in 2017 from drug overdoses nationwide. About a week ago, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said overdose deaths, while slowly rising, ...