Opioid overdose continues to be a major public health problem in the United States. It has contributed significantly to overdose deaths among those who use or misuse illicit and prescription opioids. In fact, all U.S. overdose deaths involving opioids (i.e., unintentional, intentional, homicide, and undetermined) increased to more than 42,000 deaths in 2016.1
SAMHSA’s updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit is now available as a free download. The toolkit now features facts for community members, essential steps for first responders, prescribing recommendations, and safety advice for patients and family members. This is an essential tool for professionals and laypeople alike who want to prevent opioid overdoses.
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