The nation’s first sanctioned Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs), located in New York City, have already saved over 600 lives since opening last November. Unfortunately, because OPCs are awaiting state authorization, this life saving approach remains unavailable to the vast majority of people who need it. 17 New Yorkers are dying from overdose every day. That’s why we’re pushing for the authorization of Overdose Prevention Centers across New York state. Please join us by urging Governor Kathy Hochul to take executive action to authorize OPCs immediately!Write to Kathy Hochul
In 2021, OnPoint became the first organization in the US to open two Overdose Prevention Centers, reversing 620 overdoses so far and helping New York City save an estimated $13.3 million in ambulance and ER costs (as of October 14, 2022). People who use drugs are facing an unpredictable street supply, largely contaminated by illicit fentanyl.
Funds raised for OnPoint will go directly towards their Overdose Prevention program— saving lives, building community, and setting a necessary precedent for harm reduction-based healthcare in this country!
Below is a 50-state survey of publicly reported opioid settlement spending plans, i.e., states’ state-subdivision agreements (e.g., North Carolina’s MOA), allocation statutes (e.g., Indiana’s HB 1193), and statutory trusts (Massachusetts’ Opioid Recovery and Remediation Trust Fund).
OpioidSettlementTracker.com is written and produced by Christine Minhee. She tracks opioid settlements and states’ opioid settlement spending plans to discover whether funds from the opioid litigation will indeed be spent to bolster the public health response to drug use.
Thanks to the hard work of our allies at People’s Action and the support of activists and organizers across the country, The MAT Act was passed at the end of 2022. We appreciate the added support of our followers
In 2021, drug overdose deaths in the US hit a record high of 107,600. That’s an increase of 15 percent from the previous year, following a rise of nearly 30 percent from the year before. The simultaneous COVID-19 pandemic has only further exacerbated existing hazards and barriers facing drug users. More than 932,000 deaths since 1999 have been attributed to drug overdoses, which are now one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
Although P.A.I.N speaks out against the Sacklers’ predatory marketing of OxyContin, it’s vital to recognize that a vast majority of overdose deaths are a result of an unpredictable drug supply contaminated by a variety of substances—most notably, illicitly manufactured fentanyl.