By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center supports key components of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid overdose as announced by Secretary Sylvia Burwell yesterday.
Prescription Drug Overdose a Leading Cause of Death
Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Prescription opioids—a class of prescription drugs used to treat both acute and chronic pain – were involved in 37 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013. Sales of these drugs nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and overdose deaths quadrupled in lockstep.
Evidence-Based Solutions to the Crisis
Addressing the prescription opioid overdose crisis requires broad and sustainable action, and CDC takes seriously its role in the coordinated federal response. Key strategies are based on evidence-informed interventions with the greatest potential for impact, including:
The work of CDC’s Injury Center has an integral role in the coordinated federal response to combat the opioid crisis. The Secretary’s initiative focuses on additional priority areas through a Department wide effort:
To learn more about CDC’s role in reducing prescription opioid overdose deaths as part of the HHS initiative:
Read about the HHS initiative.