ISSUE

Substance Use

Deaths from opioid overdose now outnumber fatal car accidents, contributing to the first sustained drop in life expectancy in the U.S. in decades. Big city public health officials are on the front lines of this epidemic, implementing solutions to combat and prevent addiction, misuse and abuse. They work each day to create programs that prevent and address addiction, fight drug abuse, connect those in need to treatment, and share education with patients, health care providers and the community.

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Data

Drug overdose deaths nearly tripled in big cities over last decade

Drug overdose deaths nearly tripled in big cities over last decade Explore the data