Increasing Overdose Prevention Awareness (SAMHSA Blog)

SAMHSA, August 2023

According to the latest provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 110,000 lives were lost to overdose in the 12-months ending in March 2023, with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids as the main drivers of these deaths. Adding to the challenge of rising fentanyl-involved overdoses is the emergence of xylazine, a non-opioid tranquilizer, increasingly mixed with fentanyl in the illicit drug supply. Too many lives have been taken and too many people have been personally affected by overdose. Overdose can have devastating, long lasting impacts in our communities – but we also know that overdoses can be prevented. This SAMHSA blog post provides information and resources to support communities in their overdose prevention efforts.

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