August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day

Press Release August 10, 2018
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Tony Newman 646-335-5384
Anthony Papa 646-420-7290

More than 64,000 people died from an accidental drug overdose last year, making it the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. What’s frustrating – and gives reason for hope – is that these deaths are largely preventable and can be significantly reduced by implementing effective, evidence-based drug policies.

In anticipation of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, experts from the Drug Policy Alliance are available for in-studio, remote and phone/Skype interviews to address the following topics and more:

Last Fall, the Drug Policy Alliance a released comprehensive action plan to address increasing rates of opioid use and overdose.  The plan marks a radical departure from the punitive responses that characterize much of U.S. drug policy and instead focuses on scientifically proven harm reduction and public health interventions that can improve treatment outcomes and reduce the negative consequences of opioid misuse, such as transmission of infectious diseases and overdose.

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