The US is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. If you or someone you know needs help, effective treatment is available and can save lives.
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Deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl on the rise
Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids were nearly12x higher in 2019 than in 2013.
Rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, increased over 16% from 2018 to 2019. Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids were nearly 12 times higher in 2019 than in 2013. More than 36,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids in 2019.3 The latest provisional drug overdose death counts through May 2020 suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.4
What can be done?
The increase in overdose deaths highlights the need to ensure people most at risk of overdose can access care, as well as the need to expand prevention and response activities. CDC issued a Health Alert Network Advisory to medical and public health professionals, first responders, harm reduction organizations, and other community partners recommending the following actions as appropriate based on local needs and characteristics:
Expand distribution and use of naloxone and overdose prevention education.
Expand awareness about and access to and availability of treatment for substance use disorders.
Intervene early with individuals at highest risk for overdose.
Improve detection of overdose outbreaks to facilitate more effective response.
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