CDC is able to provide scientific expertise, enhanced surveillance activities, and support resources to 44 states and Washington DC to:
- Strengthen public health surveillance
- Improve access to treatment and recovery services
- Target availability and distribution of overdose reversing drugs.
These states also are able to run prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), regulate controlled substances, license health care providers, and run large public insurance programs such as Medicaid and Workers Compensation programs.
Empowering and equipping states through the Prevention for States, Enhanced State Surveillance, and Data-Driven Prevention Initiatives with the resources and information they need to combat prescription opioid abuse and overdose is the heart of the CDC Injury Center’s work on this epidemic.