Public Health and Safety Professionals

Public health and safety professionals include law enforcement officials, first responders (including police, fire, and paramedics), and professionals supporting access to treatment and recovery services in the criminal justice system. As individuals working directly and indirectly with people who use drugs, these professionals are critical to preventing overdoses and reducing stigma related to drug use and addiction. The materials below are intended to provide public health and safety professionals with information to address ways people can reduce harm when using drugs, make people aware of specific dangers associated with drug use, promote drug treatment and connections to care, and ultimately prevent overdose deaths.


Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications.

80 percent of overdose deaths occurred inside a home

*Based on CDC Vital Signs report

Featured Videos
Protect yourself from the dangers of fentanyl (:60)
Protect yourself from the dangers of fentanyl (:30)
Understanding addiction to support recovery (:30)