Colorado Priority Topic Investments

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Colorado 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 Colorado.

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 Colorado 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 Colorado Total Overdose Prevention Funding

FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Colorado State Award: $3,691,081

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*


  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority: $724,818


*average award amount

Examples of How Colorado Is Working to Prevent Overdose

Overdose strategies
Syndromic surveillance

Syndromic surveillance can help rapidly identify outbreaks and changes in drug overdose-related emergency department visits. Colorado improved real-time reporting of emergency department visits involving overdose from 60% to 90% statewide.

capacity building
Data-driven prevention

Colorado awarded 11 local health department and community agencies funds over three years to implement data-driven overdose prevention strategies. Springs Recovery Connection in El Paso County hired recovery support specialists to give follow-up support to patients admitted for opioid overdose in the emergency department and connect them to resources.

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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Colorado Suicide Prevention Investment Snapshot

Preventing suicide is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) suicide prevention investments for the state of Colorado.

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for almost 46,000 deaths in 2020, which is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2020, 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.

In 2020 in Colorado there were:


suicide deaths


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

Suicide Prevention Funding At A Glance
Suicide Funding At A Glance


FY21 Colorado Total Suicide Prevention Funding



FY21 Awards

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention

  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: $901,139
Colorado's Priorities
Suicide Prevention

Colorado is preventing suicide with CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) funding by:

  • Strengthening access and delivery of suicide care
  • Creating protective environments
  • Promoting connectedness
  • Teaching coping and problem-solving skills
  • Identifying and supporting people at risk
  • Lessening harms and preventing future risk

Some groups have higher rates of suicide than others. To address disparities, Colorado is focusing on:

  • 6 counties with high rates of suicide

This snapshot reflects suicide prevention priorities and activities under Year 1 funding of the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CSP) Program. This information is subject to change, as the CSP state recipients are now in Year 2 funding.

Examples of How Colorado Is Working to Prevent Suicide

Suicide strategies
Postvention response planning

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment plans to conduct outreach to county mental health centers, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment and counseling agencies, and county hospitals. This outreach will support the development of postvention (organized response following a suicide) procedures and protocols. This includes development of policies, for the outreach and support of people who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide, as well as clinicians, therapists, and staff who experience a suicide attempt by a client or loss of a client.

Peer engagement

Colorado is supporting peer engagement activities through workplaces, veteran serving organizations, faith communities, and older adult-serving organizations.

CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies

Suicide is preventable and there is no single cause, so prevention requires addressing the multiple factors linked to suicide at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. As such, CDC is leading a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Such an approach aims to prevent people from becoming suicidal in the first place and support people at increased risk. CDC uses data to track and monitor suicide trends, research possible risks and what works to prevent them, and help communities put proven suicide prevention strategies into place.

CDC’s Suicide Prevention Resource for Action outlines seven strategies that are based on the best available evidence to help communities and states focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.

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    Strengthen economic supports
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    Create protective environments
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    Improve access and delivery of suicide care
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    Promote healthy connections
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    Teach coping and problem-solving skills
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    Identify and support people at risk
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    Lessen harms and prevent future risk
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    Near Real-Time Surveillance
    Improving surveillance – collecting better and more timely data is also an important strategy to better understand, monitor, and prevent suicide and suicidal behavior. Expanding surveillance of nonfatal suicide-related outcomes (e.g., suicide attempts, suicide ideation) can help improve timeliness of data, identify spikes, and inform prevention and response.

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