Drug Overdose

The Basics
Overdose is the number one injury-related killer among adults ages 35-54.
More than 22,400 people died following an accidental drug overdose in 2005.
Nationally, accidental drug overdose deaths more than doubled between 1999 and 2005.
More people died in the U.S. from overdose in 2006 than from HIV/AIDS or homicide.
Accidental drug overdose is currently the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for people between the ages of 35-54 and the second leading cause of injury-related death for young people.  Drug overdose deaths now exceed those attributable to firearms, homicides or HIV/AIDS.  Most of these deaths are preventable, but the "tough on crime" rhetoric of the drug war and the stigma associated with drug use have blocked the widespread adoption of life-saving overdose prevention policies, including Good Samaritan 911 legislation and distribution of the overdose reversal medication naloxone.  DPA is leading the national effort to reduce drug overdose deaths by promoting sensible solutions and better policy at the state and federal level.