Opioid Overdose

The number of drug overdose deaths decreased by 4% from 2017 to 2018.

Still more than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2018, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States.

Of those deaths, almost 70% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.

What Can You Do to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths?
The Public
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Learn more about opioids. Help protect yourself and your loved ones from opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose.

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are among the most promising state-level interventions.

Healthcare Providers
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CDC’s opioid prescribing guideline for chronic pain helps primary care providers offer safer, more effective care.

CDC’s Work to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths

CDC is committed to an approach that protects the public’s health and prevents opioid overdose deaths.

Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain www.cdc.gov

Ten opioid overdose prevention strategiespdf icon for public heath, law enforcement, local organizations, and others striving to serve their community.

Learn more about Promising State Strategies.

HHS Efforts

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to addressing opioid abuse, dependence, and overdose. HHS has developed a five-point comprehensive strategy: (1) better data, (2) better pain treatment, (3) more addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services, (4) more overdose reversers, and (5) better research.

Several agencies within HHS have joined the effort.
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This site contains information on opioids. To see more of CDC’s work on other substances, visit the CDC A-Z index.

If you're struggling with prescription opioids, there is hope. Recovery is possible.