Strategies to prevent overdose deaths

Faces of addictionThe federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created a toolkit for prescription drug and opioid misuse.

SAMHSA provides 5 strategies for communities to prevent prescription drug misuse and deaths. Efforts are under way to address all 5 strategies in Michigan. However, there is more that communities can do to reduce prescription drug misuse.

These strategies are:

Encourage the public to call 911

Encourage providers, persons at high risk, family members, and other to learn how to prevent and manage opioid overdose

Ensure access to treatment for individuals who are misusing or addicted to opioids or who have other substance use disorders

Encourage prescribers to use state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Ensure ready access to naloxone