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Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990

After three decades of ever-escalating drug overdose deaths, the tide of fatalities may have finally started to turn. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5% last year, the first drop since 1990, according to preliminary government data made public Wednesday.

The reversal was slight enough that experts could not be sure whether it was the start of a trend or simply a blip.

And even with the

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