drug overdoses

Drug overdoses, suicides cause drop in 2017 US life expectancy

Life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017, yet the 10 leading causes of death remained the same, according to three government reports released Thursday. Increasing deaths due to drug overdoses and suicides explain this slight downtick in life expectancy, the US Centers for Disease Control says.

Trump signs opioids law at White House event

President Donald Trump signed sweeping opioids legislation into law at the White House on Wednesday afternoon during an event marking "a year of action" by the administration to combat the opioid epidemic.

Recent drug overdoses underscore problem in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says authorities have responded to 12 probable drug overdoses in the last three days.The announcement comes as Milwaukee County officials are preparing for a record number of overdoses in 2017. The Journal Sentinel reports that the number could exceed 400 people.Last year, 343 people died from drug overdoses in Milwaukee County, exceeding the record 2015 total of 255.