Policy Paper

Expanding Access to Opioid and Heroin Overdose Reversal Agents

Access to Overdose Reversal Agents

PhRMA May 5, 2016

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin), since 2000. Communities across the country are faced with the growing challenge of how to prevent overdose and assist those in an overdose situation. While 94% of prescription opioids are generic, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and its members are committed to working with others to collectively address this complex public health challenge.