Today is International Overdose Awareness Day – a time to honor and remember those lost to an overdose and advocate for the solutions that will save lives.
Via Drug Policy Alliance:
An estimated 72,000 people died from an accidental overdose last year alone, making it the leading cause of death among American adults under 50. We’re in the midst of a public health crisis but overdose deaths are preventable.
The Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act would provide $100 billion in federal funding over ten years to help state and local governments combat needless overdose deaths, and provide evidence-based treatment, recovery and harm reduction services including expanding access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone.
This critical legislation is modeled directly on the Ryan White CARE Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1990 to provide significant new funding to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.