Stopping the Epidemic Together

Building a SAFE US for All ... One Person, One Community, and One Campus at a Time

Lessons Learned

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A complex epidemic...

In 2017, 11.4 million Americans aged 12 or older misused opioids. The vast majority misused prescription pain relievers.

It was also the worst year for drug overdose deaths in US history. More than 72,000 people died of overdoses — and two-thirds of those deaths were linked directly to opioids.

That means nearly 140 people died every day from a prescription or illicit opioid overdose.

The economic toll of opioid crisis is believed to have exceeded $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017.

...requires a complex solution

If our nation is to reverse the opioid epidemic, we must treat it like the national emergency it really is and…

We must act along six fundamentally inter-related lines of action in our communities and on our campuses that are designed to…

Prevent additional people from falling victim to the disease of substance-dependence and…

Do a better job of treating those who have substance use disorder.