Overdose deaths expected to rise, but not dramatically, in 2017


Deaths from opioid overdoses in Palm Beach County during 2017 are expected to exceed those in 2016, but the jump won’t be nearly as drastic as in previous years.

That’s the good news — and the bad — for an epidemic so epic that it has single-handedly reduced life expectancy in the United States.

“I don’t know why the increase isn’t as big, and I really don’t care, because this is good,” said Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Bell. “But there’s still more people dying than last year.”

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