The rate of opioid overdose deaths may be slowing in Iowa, according to an annual report released today by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. However, methamphetamine activity appears to be surging. The data indicate that enhancements to opioid prescribing and monitoring, increased access to the opioid overdose rescue medicine naloxone and medication-assisted treatment, and drug take-back programs are making a difference. Eighty-nine opioid-related overdose deaths in Iowa were reported in the first eight months of 2018, down 35 percent from the same period a year ago. Treatment for meth use disorders reached an all-time high, however, with more than 10,000 Iowans treated this year. The report can be found here.