CDC Provisional Data Shows 3% Decrease in Annual Overdose Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics found overdose deaths decreased by 3% from 2022 to 2023. In 2023, an estimated 107,543 individuals died of a drug overdose compared to 2022, where 111,029 died from overdose. This is the first decrease since 2018. The updated data shows a decrease in opioid overdose deaths, from 84,181 in 2022 to 81,083 in 2023. In 2023, there was a decrease in synthetic opioid overdose deaths. However, there was an increase in cocaine and psychostimulant overdose deaths. Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, and Maine all saw declines in overdose deaths of 15% or more. Unfortunately, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon saw increases of at least 27% compared to 2022.

CDC notes that 2023 data is still being examined and is subject to change.

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CDC—U.S. Overdose Deaths Decrease in 2023, First Time Since 2018

Upcoming Events

On June 3, the Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA) will host their Fourth Annual Humanitarian Awards Reception. This year, MAPDA will be honoring Congressman Buddy Carter (GA) and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA). Sponsorships and tickets are available for purchase. More information available here.

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What We Read Last Week

Several articles were published last week pertaining to the opioid epidemic, covering a variety of different components of the topic. Links to relevant articles are provided below.

NIDA—Over 115 million pills containing illicit fentanyl seized by law enforcement in 2023

NPR—Counterfeit fentanyl pills are becoming a lot more common in law enforcement seizures

STAT—Congress: Close Medicare’s dangerous gaps in coverage for addiction treatment

Walgreens Boots Alliance—Walgreens Brand Naloxone Available Online and In Stores This Month

This Week’s Calendar

In the week ahead, there are no relevant events or hearings noticed at this time. In the event that there are any changes to the schedule for this week, we will make additional information available.

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