FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, a Cincinnati Fire Department medic nasally administers Naloxone to a man while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station in downtown Cincinnati. New surges in the use of methamphetamine and cocaine, often in mixtures with synthetic opioids, are fueling rocketing overdose death tolls in states such as Ohio, one of the nation’s hardest hit during the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)


Yet, you would never know it by press reporting. The United States Center for Disease Control just reported that for the first time in almost three decades, deaths in the United States due to overdoses on drugs have fallen, according to a Los Angeles Times Article yesterday. From the article

U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.

Nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported throughout the country last year, according to provisional figures posted Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, but the agency expects the final tally will not exceed 69,000.

Overdose deaths had been climbing each year since 1990, topping 70,000 in 2017.

Deeper into the article we find (emphasis mine)

The improvement was driven by a drop in deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers. Those decreases were offset somewhat by continuing increases in deaths involving fentanyl, cocaine and stimulants like methamphetamines.

This. Is. Huge. Although correlation isn’t causation and it’s pretty early on, it appears that President Trump’s Opioid Epidemic fight is getting some good traction.

As always, the liberal LA Times pole vaults over mouse droppings to avoid crediting Trump, again, emphasis mine.

Strategies to reduce drug overdose deaths have included tougher policing, treatment program expansions, policies to limit opioid painkiller prescriptions and wider distribution of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

Haffajee and other researchers are trying to figure out what measures are most responsible for the slight improvement.

Not even a mention of the President’s program. Go figure.

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