U.S. Overdose Deaths Post Annual Drop for First Time in Two Decades

July 17, 2019

(Reuters) – U.S. overdose deaths dropped last year for the first time in nearly two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday, in a sign that a nationwide epidemic of drug-related deaths is abating.  About 68,500 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2018, compared with about 72,000 the year prior, a 5% decrease, according to the CDC’s provisional data.The drop marks the first time that the number of overdose-related deaths has fallen since 1999.