This guide for first responders provides evidence-based information to implement practices and approaches that support people who use drugs by offering strategies, resources, and collaboration opportunities.

According to the CDC, there were over 107,000 fatal overdoses in the U.S. in 2021. This figure is staggering. Each number represents a unique life that was lost in the addiction crisis. It also raises an important question: who is being most affected by this epidemic? 

According to SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the BIPOC community is most at risk for developing addiction. BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. 

Stress, trauma, housing discrimination, racism, hate crimes, and systemic pressures drastically increase the risk of developing addiction. 

According to several studies, Black individuals in particular are at risk for addiction. Within the last 5 years, there has been a rise in opioid-related overdoses among Black Americans. During this time period, Black people accounted for 43% of all overdoses. This is especially jarring since Black people only make up approximately 12% of the general population. 

BIPOC individuals also face barriers when trying to access treatment. These barriers can take the form of familial stigma, cultural stigma, limited healthcare access, systemic discrimination, and regulatory barriers. 

Learn more about the history and effects of each of the drugs below with these neat, printable fact sheets (all PDFs) that can serve as handy resources that are easy to distribute.

MODA Community functions similarly to a social network, connecting people across Michigan who are taking action against the opioid overdose crisis. This is a space to share information, learn from one another, and stay connected. The goal is to cultivate relationships and share best practices and information within the prevention space, so that everyone can remain engaged and informed. 

A toolkit for stimulant medication misuse prevention.

A compilation of data sources developed for epidemiologists, researchers, practitioners, and others in the substance misuse prevention field who provide guidance or technical assistance to support communities seeking to address the non-medical use of prescription drugs

Parent and Community Alert

This fact sheet goes over the prevalence and consequences of prescription drug use among college students.

Education plays a critical role in preventing substance use and misuse. Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. This comprehensive guide provides important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts.

Drug overdoses are preventable. The growing overdose crisis, particularly among people from racial and ethnic minority groups, requires tailored prevention and treatment efforts. It’s time to identify and address cultural, economic, and structural factors that increase risk for overdose and prevent certain groups from getting and staying in treatment and recovery. Tailored prevention and treatment efforts should be designed to restore optimal health for all.