Dying to Live: Halting Overdose Deaths

The CDC estimates that 400,000 Americans died from an overdose of opioids between1999 and 2017. During this time, the Federal and state governments spent billions of dollars combating opioids, and those efforts may be paying off. The latest CDC data shows a decline of close to 5 percent in drug overdose deaths last year, the first drop since 1990, and deaths from heroin and prescription opioids are falling. But what does this drop really mean for people suffering from substance use disorder? Does this good news indicate that policies are working and that our tax dollars have been well-spent? With nearly 69,000 Americans dying from a drug overdose in 2018, have we done enough?

Join a discussion with clinicians and researchers to go beyond the trends and learn about the policies and approaches the next Administration needs to implement in order to stem the tide of drug overdose deaths.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Daniel Ciccarone

University of California San Francisco

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Beth Connolly

The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Rebecca Haffajee

University of Michigan School of Public Health

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Sarah Wakeman

Massachusetts General Hospital

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