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CDC: Drug overdose deaths declined in North Dakota in 2017

March 12, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths in North Dakota has declined after hitting a record number in 2016.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports drug overdose deaths in North Dakota dipped to 68 in 2017 after a record 77 deaths were reported in 2016.

Human Services officials call the news encouraging, but say it’s no time to be complacent.

Behavioral Health Division Director Pam Sagness says the decrease shows the success of drug overdose prevention efforts the state started in 2017.

In 2017, North Dakota launched the Recovery Reinvented Program, as well as began distributing the overdose-reversing naloxone to communities and working to get medication-assisted treatment available across the state.

The Bismarck Tribune reports North Dakota will continue using federal grants and other funds to continue those efforts.

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