CDC Vital Signs

Vital Signs monthly releases during COVID-19 response
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During the COVID-19 outbreak response, Vital Signs science articles will only be published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report once a month and will be available at

Current Issue

Urgent Need for Overdose Prevention Interventions
Overdose Deaths and the Involvement of Illicit Drugs

Urgent Need for Overdose Prevention Interventions.

80 percent
80 percent
More than 80% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids.

85 percent
85 percent
Nearly 85% of overdose deaths involved illicitly manufactured fentanyls,* heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine (alone or in combination)

3 in 5
3 in 5
Potential opportunities to link people to care or to implement life-saving actions were present for more than 3 in 5 people who died from drug overdose.

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About Vital Signs

The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It generally includes an MMWR early release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

Vital Signs reports cover an important health threat and what can be done to drive down the disease. Past topics have included cancer screening, alcohol and tobacco use, HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, healthcare-associated infections, and foodborne disease.

Please sign up to get Vital Signs through email each month at Vital Signs. Feel free to share CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your partners. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the CDC Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have CDC Vital Signs reports sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service.

Page last reviewed: September 16, 2020
Content source: Office of the Associate Director for Communication