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New Overdose Prevention Strategy Announced

A new overdose prevention strategy from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expands the scope of the crisis response beyond opioids to include other substances often involved in overdoses, such as methamphetamine and cocaine.

The strategy was created with the guiding principles of equity; data and evidence; coordination, collaboration, and integration; and reducing stigma. It includes four priority areas:

  • Primary Prevention — root causes and key predictors of substance use and substance use disorder and how to safely and effectively manage pain;
  • Harm Reduction — reducing risks associated with substance use, including overdose and infectious disease transmission;
  • Evidence-based Treatment — providing the most effective, evidence-based treatments without delay, stigma, or other barriers; and
  • Recovery Support — funding, reimbursing, training workforces for, and developing protocols on peer, employment, and housing support.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Julie Kozminski is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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