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Join Our Campaign - #ResistTheRisk

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6 Massachusetts Residents Die Each Day From Overdose

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Spot The Difference

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Keep Your Name Off The Next Gravestone

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Opioid Withdrawal

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Sharing is Dealing - Your prescription belongs only to you

At a Glance

In 2017, more than 70,237 people died in the U.S. from a drug overdose; 47,600 of those deaths were the result of opioids. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC))

On average, there were approximately 130 opioid overdose deaths each day in 2017

An estimated 2061 people died in Massachusetts in 2017 - nearly SIX people a day. (MA Department of Public Health)

Age Adjusted Overdose Fatalities By State

NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality

Age-adjusted drug overdose death rates by state: United States, 2017 (CDC)

Our Goal

#ResistTheRisk is an awareness campaign designed to inform the public and spark conversation about the dangers and consequences of abusing, sharing and selling opioids - prescription pills, heroinfentanyl and others.

Opioid abuse, including recreational use of opioids, has led to a dramatic increase in opioid dependence and opioid-related deaths causing great destruction and despair in our communities.

We must continue to raise awareness about the risks of abusing opioids to help prevent more people from becoming addicted. We must continue to hold individuals accountable for supplying drugs to our neighbors and remind the public of the risks associated with distribution

Your Choices Matter. Here's Why: 

80% of heroin users began by abusing prescription pain meds (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)

1 in 4 TEENS has reported misusing or abusing a prescription drug at least once (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)

85% of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2017 involved fentanyl (MA Dept. of Public Health)

Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Missouri reported the highest percentages of opioid overdose deaths involving fentanyl - approx. 60%–90%" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 11/3/17)

Counterfeit pills are made to look like legitimate presciption pills, but often contain deadly fentanyl  (DEA)

16 out of every 1,000 babies born in MA is drug-dependent. Well above the national average (MA Health Policy Commission)

In 2015, the economic cost of the opioid crisis in the United States was $504 BILLION (

In Need of Treatment?

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline - 800-327-5050

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse Treatment Services Locator


#ResistTheRisk is sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Massachusetts 

Updated February 13, 2019

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