The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.
Opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers andheroin) killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, more than any year on record. At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.
What Can You Do to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths?
Consider ways to increase use ofPrescription Drug Monitoring Programs, which are among the most promising state-level interventions.
Learn more about opioids in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose.
Health Care Providers
Consider CDC's opioid prescribing guideline for chronic pain, which helps primary care providers offer safer, more effective care.
CDC's Work to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths
CDC is committed to an approach that protects the public's health and prevents opioid overdose deaths.
In the News
Improving data quality and timeliness to better track trends, identify communities at risk, and evaluate prevention strategies.
Strengthening State Efforts
Strengthening state efforts by scaling up effective interventions.
Equipping Health Care Providers
Improving patient safety by equipping health care providers with the data and tools needed to improve opioid prescribing.