The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.
What Can You Do to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths?
Learn more about opioids in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose.
Consider ways to increase use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, which are among the most promising state-level interventions.
Health Care Providers
Consider CDC's opioid prescribing guideline for chronic pain, which 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.
Improving data quality and timeliness to better track trends, identify communities at risk, and evaluate prevention strategies.
Strengthening State Efforts
Strengthening state efforts by scaling up effective interventions.
Equipping Health Care Providers
Improving patient safety by equipping health care providers with the data and tools needed to improve opioid prescribing.
In the News
- MMWR: Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015
- CDC Chief Frieden: How to end America's growing opioid epidemic
- CDC HAN: Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills and Toxic Fentanyl-related Compounds Further Increases Risk of Fentanyl-related Overdose and Fatalities
- Do No Harm: CDC Guideline for Opioids and Chronic Pain – Huffington Post Blog
- CDC Publications
New Guideline Resources
New Opioid Guideline Resources are available for providers, patients, and partners.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell has made addressing opioid abuse, dependence, and overdose a priority. The evidence-based initiative focuses on three promising areas: informing opioid prescribing practices, increasing the use of naloxone, and using Medication-Assisted Treatment to move people out of opioid addiction. Several agencies within HHS have joined the effort.
Note: The CDC Opioid Overdose site contains information on opioids. To see more of CDC’s work on other substances, visit the CDC A-Z index.