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Overdose Prevention

In the United States, the annual number of overdose deaths has surpassed firearm and car crash fatalities combined.

Why It Matters

  • 100,000 More than 100,000 people died from preventable drug overdose in the United States in during the 12-month period ending in April 2021, the highest number of overdose deaths ever on record.
  • 5 ½ Every 5 ½ minutes, someone dies from a preventable drug overdose in the United States.
  • 2/3 of people incarcerated on low-level charges in the United States have a substance use disorder; they need services, not jail.
  • 13% Only 13% of US counties have a syringe access program.

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