Together We Can Save Lives
We can prevent overdoses and save lives by ensuring equitable access to essential health care and support services without stigma.
Trends in U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths (1999 - 2019)
The overdose crisis has evolved over time and is now largely characterized by deaths involving illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, and, increasingly, stimulants. Since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths has increased by over 250%.
Overdose Deaths Increased
Drug overdose deaths reached 93,331 in 2020 – the highest number ever recorded.
Higher Rates in Minority Groups
In 2019, non-Hispanic American Indians or Alaska Natives had a higher drug overdose death rate than any other racial or ethnic group (30 per 100,000).
Instability Increases Overdose
People without health insurance, or who were incarcerated, or who are living in poverty are at increased risk of fatal opioid overdose.
$11.2 billion in proposed federal funding across HHS
Therefore, the President proposed $11.2 billion for HHS in the FY 2022 budget, a 54 percent increase from the previous year's budget (enacted), to expand access to substance use prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services. In addition, there is proposed funding to bolster the nation’s behavioral health infrastructure.