About OD2A

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) supports jurisdictions in collecting high quality, comprehensive, and timely data on nonfatal and fatal overdoses and in using those data to inform prevention and response efforts. OD2A focuses on understanding and tracking the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic and highlights the need for seamless integration of data into prevention strategies.

CDC launched the multiyear Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) cooperative agreement in September 2019 with 66 recipients (referred to as jurisdictions) comprising state, territorial, county, and city health departments.

In partnership with CDC, jurisdictions focus on some or all of the following strategies:

Surveillance Strategies

  • Morbidity Data: Collect and report more timely and complete data on overdose-related emergency department visits.
  • Mortality Data: Collect and report more timely and complete data on overdose-related deaths.
  • Innovative Surveillance Strategies: Focus on new and innovative ways to identify and collect data on drug misuse or overdose better tailored to a community’s needs.

Prevention Strategies

  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs): Better utilize prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to inform prescribing practices and prevention programs.
    • Leveraging Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Data in Overdose Prevention and Response [PDF] highlights the value of PDMPs as public health tools that can support and inform public health interventions and clinical decision-making. Find key information about PDMP history, importance of PDMP data access, considerations for increasing access to and utilization of PDMP data, implications for PDMPs located within and outside of the state health department, and examples of PDMP use in OD2A work.
  • State and Local Integration: Improve state and local prevention efforts to build more effective and sustainable surveillance and implement community-level interventions in high-burden areas.
  • Linkage to Care: Ensure people are connected to the care they need by leveraging systems and upstream prevention efforts.
  • Provider and Health Systems Support: Support healthcare providers and health systems with drug overdose prevention and response, including expanding the use of evidence-based prescribing and treatment practices.
  • Partnerships with Public Safety and First Responders: Develop new and/or enhance existing partnerships with public safety partners to improve data sharing and advance prevention efforts.
  • Empowering Individuals: Increase awareness about drug-related harms, treatment, and risk reduction strategies to help individuals make informed decisions.
  • Innovative Prevention Strategies: Promote innovations in prevention strategies.
  • Peer-to Peer-Learning: Foster information-sharing and build capacity among jurisdictions.
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