Opioid Overdose Toolkit Available

Approximately 100 Americans died from overdose every day in 2010. In just one year, we lost 38,000 people to overdose—more than the number who died from either homicides or traffic crashes. 22,000 of those deaths involved prescription drugs, and more than 3,000 involved heroin. Frighteningly, other data show that opiate use among young people is increasing. In honor of International Overdose Awareness Day, Saturday, August 31, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the release of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. The Toolkit provides information on overdose prevention, treatment and recovery for first responders, prescribers, and patients. The Toolkit can be downloaded at the link above. This toolkit builds upon our efforts to expand prevention and treatment. It also promotes the use of naloxone, a life-saving overdose reversal drug.