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.