California has launched Opioids.CA.GOV, a reliable source of information on opioid use prevention, data, treatment, and support where Californians can also access information related to the state’s use of opioid settlement funds and efforts to hold drug traffickers accountable.

The website is part of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s billion-dollar Master Plan – a multi-pronged approach to tackle the opioid crisis, prevent and reduce overdoses and deaths, and support people struggling with substance abuse and addiction.

“The opioid crisis touches every person and every community in the country. This new website aims to support all Californians, from victims of the crisis to their loved ones to providers, and more,” the governor said.

The new website features five main sections:

  • About: Background on opioids and fentanyl, the serious harms they can cause, and the evolution of the opioid crisis.
  • Prevention: Prevention methods and strategies that anyone can use, including step-by-step guidance for responding to a suspected or confirmed opioid overdose.
  • Data & Information: The latest overdose and substance abuse and misuse data and trends.
  • Treatment & Support: Resources for those struggling with, or supporting someone with, an opioid use disorder or addiction.
  • California Action: Details on California’s efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic, including use of settlement funds and enforcement actions targeting traffickers and dealers.

The state is directing increased resources to fight the opioid crisis amid nearly 7,000 Californians dying from opioid-related overdoses in 2022.

“With opioids continuing to be a main driver of drug overdose deaths, this new, easy-to-navigate site provides valuable information and education on preventing and treating opioid overdoses and substance use disorders – crucial steps in fighting the ongoing epidemic in California and across the country,” the state said in a press release.

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