Drug Overdoses and State Policy
Drug overdose deaths have more than doubled between 1999 and 2010. In 2010, these deaths, from both prescription drug and illicit drug overdoses, surpassed traffic accidents as the number one cause of death for persons less than 65 years old. Twenty one states, plus the District of Columbia, have passed harm reduction laws such as increasing access to naloxone (an overdose antidote) and Good Samaritan laws.
Read the full brief here: "States Adopting Harm Reduction Laws to Prevent Overdose Deaths"