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Drug overdose deaths rose in the first three months of this year, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data, showing a roughly 10% increase in fatalities, offer a first official snapshot of the pandemic's impact on Americans suffering addiction.

If this trend continues, the CDC estimates the U.S. will suffer more than 75,500 drug-related deaths in 2020, setting a bleak record for a second year in a row.

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

At a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and other federal officials said that no one had told them — including President Trump — to slow down testing for the coronavirus. The statements came after Trump has repeatedly said that more testing would lead to more infections being revealed.

States are beginning to receive cases of an experimental COVID-19 drug that the Food and Drug Administration authorized for emergency use on May 1.

But the distribution process so far has puzzled some hospitals and states about why they've been left empty-handed.

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Kentucky will receive a big infusion of federal funds to reinforce efforts to combat the state's addiction woes from the opioid epidemic.

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Kentucky is receiving more than $9 million from a federal agency to help combat opioid addiction.

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The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is proposing new rules for licensed foster homes that include vaccination of children and a no-smoking policy.

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Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has taken public comments on proposed regulations for a Medicaid overhaul that has been blocked by a federal judge.

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The federal government says Kentucky's proposal to overhaul its Medicaid program is complete, and the 30-day period for public comments will now begin.