Statement by President Joe Biden on exceeding 100,000 overdose deaths in the United States in the past year


Today, new data reveals that our country has reached a tragic milestone: more than 100,000 lives have been lost due to the overdose epidemic from April of last year to April of this year. As we continue to make progress in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot ignore this epidemic of loss, which has affected families and communities across the country.

As we mourn those we have lost and honor their memory, my administration is committed to doing everything in its power to fight drug addiction and end the epidemic of overdose. Through the US bailout, we have provided nearly $ 4 billion to strengthen and expand services for substance use disorders and mental health. We’re working to make health coverage more accessible and affordable for all Americans, so more people in need of care can get it. We strengthen prevention, promote harm reduction, expand treatment and support people in recovery, all while reducing the supply of harmful substances in our communities. And we will not let go.

To all those families who have mourned the loss of a loved one and to all those people who are dealing with addiction or who are recovering: you are in our hearts, and you are not alone. Together, we will turn the tide of this epidemic.

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