Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new plan of action that city officials hope will cut the number of opioid overdose deaths in the nation's capital by 50 percent by 2020.
WASHINGTON — Like many cities, D.C. has seen a big spike in the number of opioid overdose deaths over the past several years.
In 2014, 83 people died of opioid overdoses in the District, a number that increased 178 percent through 2016, and reached a total of 279 deaths in 2017. A majority of the cases involve the very dangerous opioid fentanyl, which is commonly cut into heroin.
With a goal of turning those numbers around, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new plan of action, which city officials hope will cut the number of opioid overdose deaths in the nation’s capital by 50 percent by the year 2020.
The plan is called LIVE. LONG. DC. and focuses on treatment, awareness, prevention and education, according to city officials. It also places an emphasis on better surveillance of opioid overdoses so that the city can better respond to the situation.