Opioid misuse decreasing, according to state health department

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Iowa Department of Public Health says opioid misuse is decreasing.

Preliminary data says opioid deaths have decreased thanks to the availability of Naloxone, an opioid reversal drug.

In just over a year, the IDPH has distributed nearly 3,000 Narcan nasal spray kits to the public and medical professionals.

While reducing overdose saves lives, officials say treatment is needed for people with an opioid use disorder in order to have long term change.