Colorado makes gains fighting U.S. opioid overdose death rate

DENVER, June 13 (UPI) — As the United States grapples with record-breaking numbers of suicides and overdose deaths, a modest drop in overdose fatalities in Colorado in 2018 has doctors cautiously optimistic that a new statewide program to cut down on the over-prescription of opioids is working.

The number of total overdose deaths in Colorado dropped in 2018 by 38 deaths to 974 from 1,012 in 2017, the first drop in overdose deaths since 2010, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said this week.

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