“The opioid epidemic creeps into every nook and cranny of our country and needs to be addressed as both a huge national problem and a community-by-community tragedy.” – President Bill Clinton
Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS, car crashes, or gun violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 200 people a day died of overdoses in 2017, and at least two-thirds of those deaths were linked to opioids. Deaths due to overdose are on the rise – but we know they are preventable.
President Clinton has been committed to fighting substance use disorders, with several people close to him having lost loved ones to addiction and overdose, and the Clinton Foundation, with over 15 years of experience tackling complex health challenges, is uniquely positioned to help communities across the U.S. The Clinton Foundation fights the opioid epidemic by increasing education and awareness to reduce stigma and curb addiction, while providing communities with the tools and resources they need to combat the epidemic and save lives. Solving this crisis will take a long-term, sustained approach and the involvement and meaningful partnership of organizations and individuals across sectors and in all pockets of our communities.
Expanding Naloxone Access: Naloxone is the generic medication that reverses the physical effects of an opioid overdose. The Clinton Foundation negotiated innovative agreements with both Kaléo and Adapt Pharma to lower the cost of EVZIO (an injectable version of naloxone) and NARCAN (the intranasal version of naloxone). Also, through our groundbreaking partnership with Adapt Pharma, high schools, colleges, and universities are able to access NARCAN at no cost. These partnerships have enabled the Foundation to get this critical, lifesaving medication to as many people as possible by increasing affordability and expanding distribution.
Engaging Community Leaders: Faith leaders are a trusted source of support and information. They influence attitudes and practices in communities across the U.S., and as such, are a vital part of the solution to confronting the opioid epidemic. The Clinton Foundation works to build networks of faith leaders representing different faith traditions, and equips them with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to organize community members, reduce the stigma, and fight substance use disorders in their communities.
Translating Research into Practice: The Clinton Foundation brings together experts from across sectors to research, compile, and disseminate the best available science on substance use disorders. Through partnerships with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, we're researching solutions and providing communities with the tools, resources, and evidence-based best practices to address the opioid epidemic.