CDC Drug Overdose campaign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Campaigns

Drug overdoses have claimed nearly 900,000 lives over the past 20 years in the United States. Recent studies show that drug overdose deaths accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, outpacing overdose death rates from any previous year. And, illegal drugs are more potent than ever before as many can be mixed or laced with fentanyl, without a person’s knowledge. An extremely powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl contributes to the majority of opioid-involved overdose deaths.

CDC’s new evidence-based campaigns aim to prevent and reduce drug overdose. The four campaigns listed below focus on reaching young adults ages 18 to 34 who use drugs. These campaigns provide critical information about:

• The risks and consequences of mixing drugs,
• The dangers of fentanyl,
• The life-saving power of naloxone, a medication that can help reverse the
effects of an overdose, and
• The importance of reducing stigma to support treatment and recovery.

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