Surgeon General Launches Turn the Tide to Address Opioid Epidemic

Every day, more than 75 people in our country die from a prescription drug or heroin overdose. In 2013, nearly 249 million prescriptions were written for opioids – enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills. To address the opioid epidemic that is pulling apart families and communities, the U.S. Surgeon General has launched This site provides critical information about opioids, including risks, benefits and clear guidance on how best to prescribe these medications. For clinicians, there are tools for treatment and in-the-trenches stories from colleagues who are on the front lines of fighting this epidemic.