New data shows drug overdose deaths fell in 2018. But there’s a big catch.

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Buy narcotic pills online. Preliminary data shows that drug overdose deaths may have fallen by 5 percent in 2018 — the first drop in overdose deaths since the country’s opioid epidemic began in the 1990s.

The data, first reported by the New York Times, seems like good news. A 5 percent drop would amount to hundreds or even thousands of lives saved each year: According to the preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 68,000 drug overdose deaths in 2018, compared to more than 72,000 overdose deaths reported in the preliminary data for 2017. (The final data for 2017 put overdose numbers slightly lower — at a bit more than 70,000.) If nothing else, the figures suggest the opioid crisis may be starting to level off.

But there are also several reasons to be cautious about the report: Buy narcotic pills online

1) The latest CDC data is preliminary and subject to change. Overdose deaths could end up higher or lower than the data says right now. We just won’t know until the final figures come out later this year, likely around December.

The preliminary estimate for 2017 was off by roughly 2,000 overdose deaths. If the deviation is the same in 2018, but this time overdose deaths were undercounted, then 2018 could have been worse, not better, than 2017. We are just a margin of error from these numbers looking very different.

2) This isn’t the first time that it’s appeared the opioid epidemic has leveled off. Between 2011 and 2012, drug overdose deaths appeared to level off around 41,500. Then, dangerous synthetic opioids, particularly illicit fentanyl, seeped into the black market — and overdose deaths skyrocketed to 70,000 in 2017.

The fentanyl outbreak is still centered on parts of the Northeast and Midwest. If fentanyl starts to spread to other parts of the country in full force, overdose deaths could rise in other places too — and so would the overall death toll. Buy narcotic pills online

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