As addiction and mental health organizations and government programs work to provide enduring solutions for addiction and overdose prevention, the majority of states still recorded an increase in overdose deaths between 2009 and 2013. According to a study released in June, nonprofit Trust for America’s Health cites that the number of overdoses has more than doubled since 1999, with 52% attributed to prescription drug overdose.
The CDC has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic, with almost all states now participating in drug-monitoring services. Many states have also approved use of naloxone, the drug that can reverse overdose effects by opioids. Continued programming and services will need to be expanded in order to reverse the rise in overdoses and save lives from addiction-related death.
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