Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic – Feb. 13 Webinar

The number of opioid-related deaths -- from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil -- has quadrupled in the last twenty years.  Driven in large part by the opioid epidemic, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., resulting in an average of 170 deaths every day.

This webinar will provide an overview of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic – a public-private partnership with the Aspen Institute and more than 55 other organizations to improve coordination and accelerate the pace of change to reverse this crisis.

The following members of the Action Collaborative’s steering committee will discuss updates from the four working groups and answer questions:

Webinar registration is available here.  An agenda is available here

For media inquiries, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on social media using #OpioidCollaborative.