The CDC is announcing two new Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) today under its Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program to advance the critical work that health departments and communities play in driving down overdose deaths. One NOFO is designed for states and one for localities and territories. These NOFOs will expand and strengthen current overdo22se surveillance and prevention efforts and emphasize the use of data to inform prevention action and partnership engagement, and address health equity.
“Nearly 300 people are dying every day from drug overdoses. We must ensure broad resources and support are in place at all levels of government to save lives today and in the future,” said Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH (CAPT U.S. Public Health Service), Director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “This funding is critical to support innovation, expand harm reduction strategies and link people to life-saving care, and make the latest data available so that we can get ahead of the constantly evolving epidemic, including changes in the illicit drug supply that make today’s crisis more deadly than ever.”
The new NOFOs, which help to advance the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy, focus on the implementation of evidence-based interventions that correspond with recent shifts in the drug overdose crisis, including changes in the illicit drug supply, the continued threat from illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, and a rise in stimulant and polysubstance use. Surveillance strategies will enhance and expand the ability of health departments to track fatal and non-fatal overdoses and identify emerging drug threats. The funded jurisdictions will use these data to continuously improve prevention activities and refine the understanding of what works to prevent overdoses and deaths in different groups of people, particularly those hit hardest by the epidemic.
“CDC remains committed to addressing health disparities and inequities in overdose,” said Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH, Director of CDC’s Division of Overdose Prevention. “These funding opportunities focus on people disproportionately affected by overdose and underserved by treatment and harm reduction services – including some racial/ethnic groups, people experiencing incarceration or recent release from incarceration, and people experiencing homelessness.”