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    DC seeks to cut area opioid-related deaths by half by 2020

    December 26, 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of Washington, D.C., has released a 22-page report outlining its plan to reduce opioid-related deaths by late 2020.

    The Washington Post reports the city released the plan Monday, about a week after the newspaper published its investigation that found the city lagged in responding to the opioid crisis. The newspaper says nearly 280 people died from opioid overdoses last year, and the District was slow to implement promised treatment and prevention programs.

    The city’s report says nearly a quarter of District overdose victims used heroin for more than 40 years, and the Post says most victims were black. The plan outlines treatment, education and oversight initiatives, including establishing a board to review District opioid-related deaths.

    City Council member Charles Allen says the plan’s timeline is ambitious, but necessary.

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    Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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