HHS launches strategy to prevent overdoses

Oct. 28, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new overdose prevention strategy. The goal is to increase access to a full range of care and services for people who use substances that cause overdose as well as for their families.

This new strategy focuses on the multiple substances involved in overdose and the diverse treatment approaches for substance use disorder, HHS said.

The new strategy prioritizes four key target areas — primary prevention, harm reduction, evidence-based treatment, and recovery support — and reflects principles of maximizing health equity for underserved populations, using data and evidence to inform policy and actions, integrating substance use disorder services into other types of healthcare and social services, and reducing stigma.

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