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COVID-19 is driving greater death and disease beyond the pandemic itself, especially among those least protected by health systems. At Vital Strategies, we’re reimagining public health, working for a world where everyone, everywhere is protected by a strong public health system.

Overdose Prevention

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose crisis, with a record 72,000 people dying in 2019. Now, the COVID -19 pandemic is exacerbating the crisis. Our Overdose Prevention Program works to change how society treats people who use drugs and replace the racist, punitive approach rooted in criminalization with a person-centered response rooted in health and wellness. We partner with governments and communities to build science-backed solutions resulting in sustainable reductions in overdose deaths. Priority work includes the adoption and scaling of harm reduction strategies and a range of health, legal and social interventions.