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Opioid Deaths Are Starting To Plateau, HHS Chief Says

Overdose deaths started to level off toward the end of 2017 and are "finally bending in the right direction," says Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Nine-year-old Gabriella Santamaria holds up a picture of her uncle Stephen who died from a heroin overdose during a 2017 candlelight vigil for victims of drug addiction in Staten Island. Source: Spencer Platt

The American opioid crisis is far from over, but the number of deaths are beginning to level off, according to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing

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