Arkansas Priority Topic Investments

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Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action

  • Arkansas State Award: $2,471,302

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*



*average award amount

Examples of How Arkansas Is Working to Prevent Overdose

Overdose strategies
Employer toolkits

Arkansas worked with employers to develop a toolkit with information on recommended policies, practices, and treatment for employees with a substance use disorder. The toolkits were distributed in five counties disproportionately affected by overdose and are available statewide.

capacity building
Peer recovery support

Arkansas connects people with opioid use disorder in high-need settings to recovery specialists with personal experience overcoming addiction.

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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