Overview

The misuse of opioids—whether illegal opioids such as heroin, or prescription drugs that contain an opioid—is a major preventable cause of overdose and death in the United States. Many cities and towns across the country are struggling to address opioid misuse and its related consequences.

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help communities and coalitions address this problem. This website provides specific guidance for applying the SPF process to the prevention of opioid misuse and prevention of opioid overdoses.