Last Updated: Wednesday July 28, 2021
September 19-23, 2016National Opioid and Heroin Awareness Week, recognized September 19-23, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice to bring awareness to the cycle of opioid misuse and heroin use in communities all around the country. Every day, 129 people die of a drug overdose and 61 percent of those deaths are related to pharmaceutical opioids or heroin. To respond to this problem, the Department of Justice has a three-pronged approach to: 1) raise awareness about the opioid and heroin epidemic; 2) highlight enforcement successes that target the drug trafficking organizations and gangs fueling violence in our communities; and 3) provide resources for treatment. To learn more about National Heroin and Opioids Awareness Week, click here.