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.
The Recovery Village at Baptist Health has created an in-depth guide on substance misuse to help educate the public that addresses the following: How Are Opioids Misused?, Opioid Addiction Signs, Side Effects of Opioid Misuse, Causes of Opioid Addiction & more. VISIT SITE
Rural Community Toolbox
The Rural Commumity Toolbox website includes resources to address substance use disorder (SUD) and the opioid crisis, as well as Federal resources that can help rural communities become strong, healthy, prosperous, and resilient places to live and work. VISIT SITE
America’s three-digit Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a life-saving program that connects Americans with real support in times of crisis. 988 also includes specialized services for LGBTQI+ youth and young adults. LEARN MORE
Never Use Alone Inc. 800-484-3731
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.