President Barack Obama has made some progress on his promise to create an end to the opioid epidemic, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The new data also shows that deaths from opioid overdoses have dropped dramatically.
The new data shows that, from January through May, opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. dropped by 40 percent.
On average, every year since 2014, the CDC reported, there have been more than 2,000 opioid-related deaths in America.
According to data from the U, the most recent year available, there were more than 5,000 deaths from prescription opioid use in 2016, up from fewer than 3,500 in 2015.
In total, opioid-induced deaths decreased by nearly half from 2014 to 2016.
Overall, there are now about 4.4 million people in the United States with opioid addiction, according the Centers.
About 8.6 million people are living with the illness, according a CDC report released in January.
It is unclear how many deaths caused by opioids are opioid-dependent, according CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden, who has said that more research is needed on this topic.
He said that some experts have suggested that many deaths from opioids are the result of opioid abuse, and that people with addiction often have no way of knowing how much they are taking.
Frieden said that many opioid users may seek help because they are too ashamed to seek treatment.
Obama administration officials have argued that the rise of opioid addiction is a public health crisis.
But in recent weeks, the administration has made significant strides in addressing the problem, including launching the first national strategy to reduce the nation’s opioid crisis.