Senator Jack Reed Introduces Legislation to Combat Nationwide Overdose Crisis

July 31, 2014
Drug Policy Alliance

Despite recognition among federal lawmakers and health authorities that overdose prevention programs are highly effective at saving lives at low-cost to taxpayers, few federal dollars are dedicated to supporting these critical programs. A study funded by the CDC and released last year found that expanding access to naloxone and overdose prevention activities are effective at reducing deaths from opioid overdoses. A CDC report issued in 2012 credits overdose prevention programs with saving more than 10,000 lives since 1996.

The Overdose Prevention Act has received support from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, Drug Policy Alliance, Harm Reduction Coalition, Trust for America’s Health and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

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