Message on behalf of the Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health
The National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse will be meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. You may attend via the videocast link below.
In recognition of Overdose Awareness Week, NIDA Director Dr. Volkow’s blog, Five Areas Where “More Research” Isn’t Needed to Curb the Overdose Crisis, addresses five things that science has shown to be effective for addressing the addiction and overdose crisis. https://nida.nih.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2022/08/five-areas-where-more-research-isnt-needed-to-curb-overdose-crisis
I’m also pleased to share the following resources from our colleagues at CDC, released in conjunction with Overdose Awareness Week:
- Patient- and County-level Trends in Nonfatal Opioid-involved Overdose Emergency Medical Services Encounters, 491 Counties in 21 States, January 2018–March 2022
This report leverages very timely data on non-fatal opioid-involved Emergency Medal Services (EMS) encounters using the Biospatial data. In 491 counties across 21 states, the rate of EMS encounters for nonfatal opioid-involved overdoses increased, on average, 4% quarterly during January 2018–March 2022. EMS encounter data involving suspected nonfatal opioid-involved overdose complements ED data and allows for near real-time analysis, which can inform public health response and prevention efforts.
- CDC Feature: International Overdose Awareness Day – A Time to Remember and Take Action, CDC’s IOAD feature, presents vital overdose statistics, offers tips on recognizing signs of overdose, and provides informational resources.
- A qualitative assessment of circumstances surrounding drug overdose deaths during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, SUDORS Data Brief
The latest SUDORS data brief presents a qualitative assessment of circumstances surrounding drug overdose deaths during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, most notably physical and mental impacts of the pandemic and missed touchpoints or opportunities for intervention.