Advocacy Update

June 14, 2024: State Advocacy Update


The nation’s drug overdose and death epidemic has killed more than one million Americans in the past 25 years. The epidemic continues to be driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, often in combination with other toxic adulterants. Nearly 104,000 deaths were reported in the United States between Dec. 2022 and Dec. 2023.  

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To provide an overview of the depth and breadth of the epidemic, two updated AMA issue briefs provide a national snapshot (PDF) and state-by-state reports (PDF).  

The research, news articles, state health department reports and other information in the issue briefs provide updated AMA advocacy resources and cite data from multiple and varied sources, including from media outlets, national, state and local public health agencies, law enforcement, emergency medical services, hospitals, treatment centers, and medical journals. 

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