White House vows an improved effort against drug overdoses

President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday pledged an improved effort to combat drug overdoses, using a White House summit to tout a multifaceted approach to tackle synthetic and illicit drugs such as the powerful opioid fentanyl.

“Today’s summit is needed because the global and regional drug environment has changed dramatically from just even a few years ago,” Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the summit, being held jointly with public health officials from Mexico and Canada.

Biden administration officials said they would use tools such as medications to reverse opioid overdoses and use data collection to guide their efforts.

More than 109,000 Americans died last year from drug overdoses, with about two-thirds of those involving synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, according to data shared during the summit.


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