An estimated 46,041 Americans died from opioid overdoses between October 2016 and October 2017, a 15% increase from the prior 12-month period, according to provisional data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Total overdose deaths from opioids, cocaine and psychostimulants rose an estimated 12% to 68,400. The data include national and state-level estimates by drug category.

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