Georgia Priority Topic Investments

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Georgia 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 Georgia.

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 Georgia 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 Georgia Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Georgia State Award: $4,683,337

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*
  • City of Atlanta Evidence-Building Award: $55,000


*average award amount

Examples of How Georgia Is Working to Prevent Overdose

overdose strategies
Statewide notifications

Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) released a statewide notification about increases in drug overdoses. As a result of partnerships with law enforcement and various collaborations across the state, GDPH quickly reached intended community members and leveraged the data in the statewide alert to inform their work.

public safety
Overdose hot spot detection

Georgia implemented the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Overdose Detection Mapping Application (ODMAP) for use among state law enforcement officers, hospitals, medical examiners, coroners, and other first responders and public safety personnel. ODMAP provides each of these partners overdose hot spot data in near-real time.

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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Georgia 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 Georgia.

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 Georgia:


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 Health).

ACEs Funding At A Glance
ACEs Funding At A Glance


Total ACEs Funding Appropriated within Georgia for FY21 Activities


FY21 Awards

Preventing ACEs: Data to Action (PACE:D2A)

  • Georgia Department of Public Health: $500,000

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

  • Georgia Department of Public Health: $24,996
Other Support for ACEs in Georgia

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

In Georgia, some of those other initiatives include:

Examples of How Georgia Is Working to Prevent ACEs

ACEs strategies
Surveillance activities

The Georgia Department of Public Health is adding questions about experiencing ACEs to the Georgia YRBS to provide representative state-wide estimates of ACEs for Georgia public high school students. The department is also utilizing data from the Georgia Student Health Survey to look at ACEs indicators, and risk and protective factors among youth in communities across Georgia.

Prevention strategies and approaches

The Georgia Department of Public Health is ensuring a strong start for children by increasing access to early childhood home visitation programs. The department is also promoting social norms that protect against violence and adversity through public education campaigns to increase awareness of the 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline and promote parents seeking help.

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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