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Opioid deaths expected to fall in New England

Opioid overdose in Warren, Ohio. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

New England states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are projected to see about 10% fewer opioid deaths in 2017 than in 2016 after 17 years of the opioid death toll rising across the nation, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: While the number of opioid-related deaths have doubled since 2010, it's hopeful to see states that are finding ways to combat overdoses, even if there's still a long way to go in combatting opioid addiction.