Janet Weiner, PhD, MPH for the Penn LDI Opioids Working Group

The Fierce Urgency of the Overdose Crisis

Mar. 30, 2021

In the past few months, we have seen what can be accomplished when the federal government marshalls its resources and mobilizes a nation to address a health crisis. While there is no vaccine for the epidemic of overdoses that has claimed more than 80,000 lives in the past year alone, we already have effective treatments for opioid use disorders and proven life-saving strategies. There is an urgent need for federal leadership to address an overdose crisis that has worsened throughout the pandemic.