The Attorney General's office reported that a major factor in overdoses increasing is the presence of fentanyl mixed with heroin, making the drugs more powerful and more likely to cause an overdose.

That's partly because many overdoses occur away from hospitals. But only that of Kentucky, with a 15 percent decrease, is considered statistically significant.

The findings in the report could help identify and track overdoses in a way that helps the development of responses from both the medical community and law enforcement agencies, Schuchat said.

"We think that the number of people addicted to opioids is relatively stable. The number of Americans experiencing opioid overdoses is still increasing".

Support the use of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, which encourages using prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to inform clinical practice.


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