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State Health Report Reveals Decrease in Opioid – Related Deaths
DES MOINES, Iowa -- For nearly the last decade, opioids have tightening their grip on Iowa, that's until now. "From 2016 to 12017 we had a 14 - percent increase so to go from a reduction a year later that`s a big win," says Kevin Gabbert, Iowa Department of Health Opioid Initiatives. For the first time since the Iowa Department of Public Health began keeping track of opioid related deaths in 2000, the number of deaths have decreased, dropping 35 - percent over an eight month period so far this year according to a preliminary report released Wednesday.