As the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll on Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is bolstering public health data reporting and collection to improve the timeliness of information sharing to help enable a real-time response to the crisis.

Even so, Debra Houry, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday that the opioid overdose epidemic is one of the few public health problems that is getting worse instead of better.

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