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Overdose Prevention

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Overdose deaths in the U.S. continue to climb—in 2022, more than 111,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose. Federal legislation can change that trajectory by increasing access to treatment and preventing future overdose deaths. The Global Health Advocacy Incubator’s Overdose Prevention Initiative advocates to ensure that evidence-based treatment and harm reduction services that help save lives from drug overdose are within reach. By advancing federal policies that address the disparities, inequities, and stigma in the addiction treatment system, we can make a difference in the lives of people across the U.S. and prevent needless overdose deaths. For more information on the Overdose Prevention Initiative at GHAI, visit

This work is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Where We Work

  • Current:
  • United States
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GHAI advances policy solutions that save lives and end the U.S. overdose crisis. The Initiative is dedicated to

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Improving access to medications for opioid use disorder

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Reducing disparities, inequities and stigma

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Supporting harm reduction approaches

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Our Impact


Successfully advocated for the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, which is designed to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder.


Successfully assisted Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) in drafting and getting legislation passed — the Department of Defense Overdose Data (DOD) Act — to address the growing number of overdose deaths among service members and their families.

Passing Landmark Legislation for Overdose Prevention

The Overdose Prevention Initiative successfully advocated for the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, which increases access to treatment for opioid use disorder. The MAT Act was passed with the Omnibus in December 2022 and greatly increased the capacity to treat addiction in the United States overnight.

Educating Congress on Overdose Prevention Tactics

The Overdose Prevention Initiative coordinates briefings for members of the U.S. Congress and their staff to educate them on critical legislation and policies and the importance of treatment access at key intervention points, such as in jails and prisons. Wherever possible, our team incorporates data, insights, and materials from our Bloomberg Overdose Prevention Initiative partners.

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