Alabama Priority Topic Investments

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Alabama Overdose Investment Snapshot

Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of Alabama.

There were 91,799 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 (28.3 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a stark 30% increase from 2019. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, with synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls) accounting for more than 80% of all opioid-involved deaths. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 55% and deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased by 47% from 2019 to 2020. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 22%.

In 2020 in Alabama there were:


overdose deaths


overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance


FY21 Alabama Total OverdosePrevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Alabama State Award: $3,683,433

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*


*average award amount

Examples of How Alabama Is Working to Prevent Overdose

Overdose strategies
Real time response

Jefferson County Department of Health, located in the most populous county in Alabama (and a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areaexternal icon), now receives real-time overdose data. These data are used to deploy rapid response teams to local areas experiencing overdose outbreaks. Rapid response teams can link individuals with appropriate care immediately following an overdose.

Peer recovery support app

Jefferson County integrated the Peer Rx application into several major hospital systems to address the needs of individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) during the COVID-19 pandemic and to lessen the burden on hospital staff. Emergency room staff use the app to connect patients with an SUD to mental health or substance use peer recovery support services within ten minutes of referral.

CDC Overdose Prevention Strategies

CDC’s Injury Center plays a critical role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic by driving progress in the five strategic priorities that guide CDC’s response framework for preventing overdoses.

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Alabama ACEs Investment Snapshot

Preventing, identifying, and responding to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) ACEs investments for the state of Alabama.

ACEs are preventable, potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as neglect, experiencing or witnessing violence, or having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Across 25 states surveyed in 2019, 61% of adults had at least one ACE and 16% had 4 or more types of ACEs. Preventing ACEs could reduce a large number of health conditions, including up to 21 million cases of depression, 1.9 million cases of heart disease, and 2.5 million cases of overweight/obesity.

Between 2018-2019 in Alabama:


of the population reported experiencing one or more ACEs*

*ACEs statistics are reported by parents and include all reports of ACEs except for child abuse and physical neglect (Source: National Survey on Children’s Healthexternal icon).

ACEs Funding At A Glance
ACEs Funding At A Glance


Total ACEs Funding Appropriated within Alabama for FY21 Activities




FY21 Awards

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

  • Alabama State Department of Education: $22,398
Other Support for ACEs in Alabama

Beyond the ACEs appropriation, CDC supports several initiatives, research, and partnerships to build state surveillance infrastructure and enhance ACEs prevention and mitigation.

In Alabama, some of those other initiatives include:

Examples of How Alabama Is Working to Prevent ACEs

ACEs strategies
Surveillance activities

The Alabama State Department of Education is adding questions about experiencing ACEs to the Alabama YRBS to provide representative state-wide estimates of ACEs for Alabama public high school students.

CDC ACEs Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

ACEs and their associated harms are preventable. Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full health and life potential. CDC has produced a suite of technical packages to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent violence, including the many types of violence and social, economic, and other exposures in the home and community that adversely affect children.

From this suite of technical packages, CDC developed Preventing ACEs: Leveraging the Best Available Evidence, which outlines six strategies that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as mitigate the harms of ACEs.

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