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CDC Provides New Funds To Battle The Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Last updated April 19, 2020

Approved by: Lester Fahrner, MD

“This epidemic is the public health crisis of our time – and we are losing far too many Americans each day from opioid overdoses,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “These funds will provide critically needed resources to those on the frontlines of the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic.”


To address the opioid overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is increasing support to states, territories, tribes, and non-governmental organizations working to prevent opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other outcomes. CDC has awarded $155 million in new funding to states and four U.S. territories to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to scale-up prevention and response activities, including improving the timeliness and quality of surveillance data.

“This epidemic is the public health crisis of our time – and we are losing far too many Americans each day from opioid overdoses,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “These funds will provide critically needed resources to those on the frontlines of the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic.”

CDC is also distributing an additional $27 million to nine non-governmental organizations. Funded entities will support states and territories with staffing, procurement, and training to enhance local public health capacity.

CDC has also allotted $12 million in funds to support 11 Tribal Epidemiology Centers and 15 tribal entities. The rate of drug overdose deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) is above the national average and recent data show this trend continuing. These supplemental funds are intended to improve opioid overdose surveillance so that prevention strategies can be targeted to better address this threat to tribal communities.

“CDC’s role in this fight is to move data into action to prevent opioid overdoses. CDC is committed to equipping states, territories, tribal communities, and non-governmental organizations with resources to reverse the opioid overdose epidemic,” said Debra Houry, M.D., director, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

HHS, CDC strategy to fight opioid overdoses

This expanded funding is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ five-point strategy

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to fight the opioid overdose epidemic.

CDC’s goal is to prevent opioid-related events and overdose by:

Using data to monitor emerging trends and direct prevention activities

Strengthening state, local, and tribal capacity to respond to the epidemic

Working with providers, health systems, and payers to reduce unsafe exposure to opioids and treat addiction

Coordinating with public safety and community-based partners to rapidly identify overdose threats, reverse overdoses, link people to effective treatment, and reduce harms associated with illicit opioids

Increasing public awareness about the risks of opioids.

CDC has developed and released a new resource for primary care providers, medical practices, and healthcare systems. Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain provides a framework for managing patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain. The resource is available online along with a supplementary resource toolkit, fact sheets, and webinars.

To learn more about opioid overdose prevention funding efforts, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/readiness/funding-opioid.htm and https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/states/index.html

To learn more about opioid overdose, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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First uploaded: April 19, 2020
Last updated: April 19, 2020