Overdose Prevention

Illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine (alone or in combination) were involved in nearly 85% of drug overdose deaths in 24 states and the District of Columbia during January–June 2019. More than 3 out of 5 overdose deaths involved at least one potential opportunity to link people to care before an overdose or to implement life-saving actions when an overdose occurred. Read more in CDC’s VitalSigns feature.

Drug overdose deaths can be prevented. See the following strategies to learn how.

Learn More About Opioids & Opioid Overdose Prevention
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More work can be done to improve opioid prescribing, prevent misuse of prescription opioids and use of illicit opioids, reverse opioid overdoses, and treat opioid use disorder. Learn more about opioids and opioid overdose prevention.

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