Overdose Prevention Policy Considerations: A Policy Playbook for State and Territorial Health Officials and Agencies
January 23, 2024 | Victoria Pless, Kayley Humm, Kaela Hurd, Arieana Love
The widening racial and socioeconomic disparities in drug overdose death rates underscore the pressing need for health equity and reduced stigma in overdose prevention strategies. In addition, ongoing challenges in the illicit drug supply necessitate adjustments to overdose response protocols.
State and territorial health agencies can play a crucial role in these efforts. This report details four key policy considerations that can help to prevent overdose, with a special emphasis on addressing health equity and reducing stigma.