Bloomberg Law
Oct. 27, 2021, 7:04 PM

Biden‘s HHS Rolls Out Sweeping Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan

Ian Lopez
Ian Lopez
Senior Reporter

The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday unveiled a four-pronged, treatment-focused strategy for combating rising opioid addiction numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Harm reduction, evidence-based treatment, recovery support, and primary prevention are the “four key target areas” the HHS outlined in a brief chronicling the agency’s efforts to curb overdoses. Almost 97,000 deaths were reported in the 12 months up to March 2021, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

“We’re changing the way we address overdoses. Our new strategy focuses on people—putting the very individuals who have struggled with addiction in positions of power,” HHS ...

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