From the White House: Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Announcement to Medical Community

Dear Friend,

Every day, 100 people die from drug overdoses in America, and about half of those deaths involve opioid drugs—including prescription painkillers and heroin.

The good news is that every overdose is preventable.

Over the past four years, we’ve worked hard to bring real solutions to this public health and safety crisis. We’ve dramatically expanded treatment access to millions through the Affordable Care Act to help provide more Americans suffering from substance use disorders with evidence-based treatment, including medication assisted therapy.

We’re encouraging the medical community to learn the signs and symptoms of problematic drug use and intervene before substance use becomes a chronic condition.  We’re bringing law enforcement and health officials together to support the use of innovative tools like naloxone, an amazing overdose reversal drug that’s easy to administer and has already saved thousands of lives.

But there’s more to do, and we’re asking for your help.

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