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Federal health officials Thursday unveiled a new strategy (PDF) geared toward reversing the steady rise in drug overdose deaths seen over the past two decades. The new approach will focus on reducing the use of prescription opioid and opiate-related drugs, which are responsible for more than half of all drug overdose deaths.

“Opioid drug abuse is a devastating epidemic facing our nation,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell in a statement. “That’s why I’m taking a targeted approach to tackling this issue focused on prevention, treatment and intervention.”

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