5 Ways You Can Help End the Overdose Crisis

Accidental drug overdose is currently the leading cause of death in the U.S. for those under 50. The causes underlying the overdose crisis are complicated, and we don’t have a simple solution. We need a multifaceted, long-term approach. But there are things you can do today to educate your communities and help prevent overdose deaths.

1. Learn How to Recognize and Respond to an Overdose

Most accidental overdose deaths are preventable. Learn about what an overdose looks like and what actions you can take to save someone’s life.

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How to Recognize a Drug Overdose (PDF)

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2. Support Effective Harm Reduction and Treatment Strategies

If we want to get serious about ending the current crisis, we need to support the evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions that work. They are cost effective, save lives and deliver critical resources and information to people most at risk of experiencing an overdose.

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Methadone and Buprenorphine (PDF)
What is Naloxone? PDF)
Supervised Consumption Services (PDF)
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3. Tell Your Senators to Protect Supervised Consumption Services from Federal Interference

Supervised Consumption Services reduce overdose deaths and save lives. But the Justice Department is threatening states considering them. We’ve been building support in the U.S. Senate to protect states from these federal threats. Help us fight back: tell your U.S. Senators to protect states considering supervised consumption spaces from federal interference.

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4. Engage Your Online Community

The stigma associated with drug use has blocked the widespread adoption of life-saving overdose prevention policies. You can help fight this stigma. Start by having honest, accurate conversations about drugs and the people who use them.

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5. Educate Youth

Telling teens to “Just Say No” to drugs doesn’t work. Unlike D.A.R.E and other abstinence-only programs, DPA’s drug education program is based in the philosophy of harm reduction. It is designed to foster open and honest conversations about drugs and drug-related risks like overdose among teens, educators and parents.

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