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Drug Overdose Death Numbers Begin to Level Off

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by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and CARLA K. JOHNSON

The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it’s too soon to declare victory.

“We are so far from the end of the epidemic, but we are perhaps, at the end of the beginning,” Azar said at a health care event sponsored by the Milken Institute think tank.

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