As opioids overdose deaths keep rising, report urges lawmakers to develop new approaches

RAND Corporation report encourages federal, state and local policymakers to think ‘beyond traditional silos’ and innovate ways to stem adverse effects of addiction

By: - March 16, 2023 2:39 pm
Loaded Syringe and Opioids

Drug overdose rates in the U.S. have risen fivefold in the past two decades, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in December 2022. The study shows that deaths attributed to opioids, including synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its many analogs, have been steadily on the rise, with a staggering jump in recent years. (Darwin Brandis/Getty Images)

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Ashley Murray
Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.