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Drug overdose death rates have continued to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

More than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015, the majority caused by opioids. Since 2010, 30 states have experienced increases in opioid deaths and the increase in deaths from 2014 to 2015 can most likely be attributed to heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

In 2016 nearly every state enacted legislation addressing opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, and in 2017 the majority of states have again enacted legislation on this issue. Policymakers have sought solutions that will help curb use and overdose by expanding access to treatment, increasing diversion opportunities and funding, modifying penalties, expanding Good Samaritan immunity, and increasing naloxone access.

Good Samaritan Law

You and person overdosing cannot be charged with possession of small amounts of illegal drugs (3g or less of heroin or cocaine, or 1g or less of meth) when calling 911 or taking someone to an emergency room for an overdose.  Visit www.stopoverdoseil.org for more information.

Substance Abuse Services and Resources

Prescription Disposal Resources