Tragically, Americans are dying from overdose more than ever before. Annual overdose data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that in the one-year period between April 2020 and April 2021, there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths. This is a devastating increase of 28.5% from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before. Millions more Americans are living with a substance use disorder and lack access to life-saving treatment.
Act now: contact your legislators and urge them to take action to prevent overdoses
We need your help to support legislation that would expand access to life-saving medication. Right now, Congress is considering the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act (H.R. 1384 /S. 445) - bipartisan legislation that will help prevent overdoses and reduce stigma. The MAT Act will help expand access to buprenorphine, which is considered a gold standard of care for opioid use disorder. Under the MAT Act, a burdensome administrative hurdle - currently blocking millions of trained health professionals from prescribing buprenorphine to their patients - would be eliminated.
Please join advocates from across the country and show your support for the MAT Act. Let us work together to make sure this urgently needed bill becomes law so communities can help reverse overdoses.