Opioid Overdose

Training Module 12

Know the Signs. Save a Life. Opioid Overdose Tip Card

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Prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. It only takes a little to lose a lot. cdc.gov/rxawareness

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 68% 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 in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose.

States
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Consider ways to increase use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, which are among the most promising state-level interventions.

Healthcare Providers
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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.

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.external icon

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.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain