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CDC--drug overdose prevention : FY 2016 President’s budget request : $74 million
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    How CDC is Curbing the PDO Epidemic -- Why We’re Here -- Building a National Epidemic.

    Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) remains a major public health problem, with prescription opioid overdose deaths increasing four-fold between 1999 and 2013 and claiming more than 145,000 lives over the last decade.

    In 2012, the U.S. saw the first national drop in prescription opioid deaths since the 1990s.

    In 2013, prescription opioid deaths remained essentially level with 2012—maintaining the slight decline seen the previous year, but not declining any further.

    Much more remains to be done to address opioid-related overdose deaths and also the troubling rise in overdose deaths from illicit drugs such as heroin.


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