New England States Report Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths in 2017

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New England states saw a decrease in opioid overdose deaths in 2017, The Wall Street Journal reports. State officials say efforts including widespread distribution of naloxone and expanded access to treatment contributed to the decline. In Rhode Island, Governor Gina Raimondo announced a 9 percent decline in accidental overdose deaths through the first eight months of 2017. “It’s a ray of hope,” she said, adding, “We’re not out of the woods yet.” Massachusetts authorities estimate a 10 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths through September, compared with the same period in 2016. New Hampshire projected a slight decline, while preliminary data in Vermont also suggest a potential decrease in opioid overdose deaths.

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