Opioid Overdose

Our goal is to reduce US opioid overdose mortality by at least 15% by 2021.

Overdoses from opioids are on the rise and killing Americans of all races and ages. In 2017 more than 70,000 people died of a drug overdose, and about three out of every four of those deaths involved opioids.  CDC is committed to preventing opioid misuse, overdose, and deaths. These 5 key strategies guide our work and help us protect all Americans:

  1. Conduct surveillance and research
  2. Build state, local, and Tribal capacity
  3. Support providers, health systems, and payers
  4. Empower consumers to make safe choices
  5. Partner with public safety
Page last reviewed: September 9, 2019