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Media Resources

Media Tip Sheet: Synthetic Opioids
DPA advocates for sharing information about synthetic opioids grounded in research and science. Unfortunately, reporting about these substances can contain inaccuracies and exaggerations. These contribute to a climate of fear that promotes bad policy.

This tip sheet for media provides brief answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about synthetic opioids and example phrasing that is accurate and not sensationalized.

Audio: Overdose Awareness Teleconference
In anticipation of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, the Drug Policy Alliance hosted a press teleconference to address why this problem has gotten out of control, who is impacted, relevant pending legislation, and viable solutions.

Opioid Response Plan

In December 2016 DPA released a response plan to address increasing rates of opioid use and overdose. The plan includes specific policy proposals to increase access to effective treatment, expand harm reduction interventions, prevent opioid misuse, and minimize the criminalization of people who use drugs.

Read the response plan.

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