KANSAS CITY, Mo. New federal data shows drug overdose deaths declining nationally for the first time in decades but continuing to rise in Kansas and Missouri.
Health officials have hailed the Centers for Disease Controls preliminary data for 2018 as a rare bit of positive news, with drug-related deaths declining about 5% after reaching a historic high of 72,000 in 2017. It would be the first year-over-year decrease since 1990, before the opioid epidemic ramped up.
But even as most states are projected to show decreases when death reports are finalized, Kansas and Missouri are among those that are not.