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Discussing the current state of the opioid epidemic, both locally and nationally

Preliminary data from the CDC shows that in 2023, the number of opioid overdose deaths decreased for the first time in five years. Several factors have contributed to the decline, and some experts say the trend could continue.

But many people who work in the field are concerned that the news could make people complacent about the crisis. They say the epidemic is still out of control.

This hour, we discuss the state of the crisis both locally and nationally.

Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.