Strategies to reduce drug overdose deaths include promoting evidence-based solutions in prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery efforts. These sharable resources explore these areas and offer evidence-based solutions from prevention to recovery.

Data resources from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics/NIHCM Foundation.

Program Models – Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector

A curated collection of community-focused programs, tools, and resources to help stakeholders choose, design, and implement essential interventions. VISIT SITE


Operation Prevention

Operation Prevention’s school resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, students will explore the science behind substance misuse, and the resulting impacts on the brain and body. VISIT SITE

Never Use Alone Inc.  800-484-3731

National Overdose Prevention Lifeline – Never Use Alone’s toll-free nationwide overdose prevention, detection, crisis response and reversal lifeline services for people who use drugs while alone. The volunteer peer-run call center operators are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  VISIT SITE

Charting the Overdose Crisis

Very significant portions of stimulant deaths involve an opioid. Over the 2012-2020 period, as the number of stimulant overdose deaths increased almost sixfold from 6,860 to 40,568, the share of these deaths that involved one or more opioids rose from 43% to 68%.

The impact of the opioid crisis continues to increase across all age groups. In the early years when opioid abuse was primarily associated with prescription pain medications, the crisis was initially felt most acutely by adults in their 40s. Beginning around 2007 overdose deaths began to affect all age groups more equally. By the end of the period, when synthetic opioids had come to dominate the crisis, younger adults aged 25 to 40 were the hardest hit by overdose deaths.

More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year – a record high. There is a need to increase access to treatment and support recovery for people struggling with substance use disorder. Evidence-based prevention and harm reduction solutions can lower the risk of death or acquiring infectious diseases.

To honor daughter’s wish, Tampa man makes film about her drug addiction

“One Second at a Time: Battling the Monster of Addiction” premieres on Monday at the Tampa Theatre.

The Importance of Involving Libraries in Opioid Epidemic Response

In September of 2022, the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center) at the FSU College of Social Work was awarded a two-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant funding the Southeast Rural Opioid Technical...

FSU Project to Provide Opioid Epidemic Assistance in Rural Communities Receives $1.3 Million Grant

The project will work to provide technical assistance and training on opioid harm reduction and prevention to rural communities. It will also partner with local stakeholders including colleges and universities across 8 states to train community members.

FSU Center Awarded Grant to Improve Rural Community Health and Resilience related to Opioid Use

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant