Drug Overdose Deaths Plateau In California, Soar Nationally

(By Pauline Bartolone for California Healthline produced by Kaiser Health News)

Even as the opioid crisis fueled overdose deaths across the nation, the number of Californians who succumbed to these and other drugs has remained stable, new federal data show.

Deaths from opiates, cocaine and methamphetamines shot up by 35 percent in the United States between the year ending in May 2015 and that ending in May 2017, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading article here…

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