The National Safety Council formally dedicated its resources to fighting prescription drug overdose in 2012, although an NSC study five years earlier laid the groundwork for this important initiative. The study revealed prescription drug overdose was the fastest-rising cause of unintentional death in the U.S.
Since then, NSC has positioned itself as the resource for employers, families and prescribers on the opioid crisis. NSC has taken key steps towards eradicating this epidemic.
- October – Released
Prescription Nation report calling for state action to address the opioid crisis
- March – Held prescription drug symposium "Preventing Prescription Drug Overdoses: A National Strategy"
- December – Convened prescription drug expert panel comprised of business leaders, medical and pharmacy professionals, insurance industry and government experts
- June – Partnered with National Governor's Association to
provide grants to seven states to develop statewide plan to address prescription drug misuse
- May – Launched the NSC prescription drug overdose initiative