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:
- Conduct surveillance and research
- Build state, local, and Tribal capacity
- Support providers, health systems, and payers
- Empower consumers to make safe choices
- Partner with public safety