Opioids: Timeline of NSC Activities

NSC: Sounding the Alarm on the Opioid Crisis

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.

A Timeline




  • December – Attended signing of the 21st Century CURES act, which NSC supported  
  • October – Partnered with American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physicians to sponsor systematic evidence review for acute pain treatment
  • September – Established NSC Physician Speakers bureau
  • September – Sponsored Fed Up Rally
  • August – Conducted second Overdose Awareness Day in Chicago's Federal Plaza
  • August – Participated in meeting with Surgeon General and ONDCP Director on efforts to fight the opioid overdose epidemic with other leading organizations
  • July – Supported passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)
  • June – Published Prescription Nation 2016 report
  • March – Published results of the  national prescriber survey
  • March – Met with HHS Secretary staff about efforts to fight the opioid crisis
  • February—Testified at U.S. Senate Aging Committee hearing on Opioid Use and Abuse Among Older Americans
  • January – Testified in support of CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline for Chronic Pain at meeting of the CDC Board of Scientific Advisors




  • 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