CDC Report Finds Overdose Deaths Rose 21 Percent in 2016

A new report from the CDC shows deaths from firearms and drug overdoses increased last year. Source: US News By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer   A new report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals deaths from drug overdoses in America rose 21 percent last year. That jump is more than the last four years combined. For every 100,000 people, almost 20 died from a drug overdose in 2016, compared to 16.3 the previous year, Bloomberg reported.

Trump Administration Relaxes Medical Privacy Rule for Overdoses

  Health-care providers permitted to share information with family and friends if patient is in crisis or incapacitated Source: Wall Street Journal By Michelle Hackman Oct.27, 2017 7:19 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—The Trump administration announced Friday it is relaxing a federal privacy rule that prevents health providers from notifying family members about a drug overdose, one of the administration’s most significant policy shifts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.