WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), issued the following statement regarding the CDC’s release of provisional drug overdose death data, which show 104,288 predicted overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending in September 2021.

“Each of these tragic deaths is a reminder that we must not let up on our efforts to save lives. That’s why the Biden-Harris Administration is continuing to take decisive actions both to prevent the trafficking of illicit drugs like fentanyl and to expand access to high-impact public health services including overdose reversal medication, syringe services programs, effective addiction treatment, evidence-based prevention, and recovery support services.”

Read about additional actions taken by the Biden-Harris Administration to address addiction and the overdose epidemic HERE.

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