Hawaii Priority Topic Investments

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Hawaii 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 Hawaii.

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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Hawaii State Award: $2,623,195

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*


*average award amount

Examples of How Hawaii Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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Data for action

The Hawaii Department of Health partnered with medical examiners and public safety to link prescription drug monitoring program data to autopsies of people who died from opioid-related overdose. These linked data, along with state death certificate coding data, suggested that opioid-related mortality in Hawaii is largely related to prescribed, legally obtained opioid pain relievers. This information is used in partnership with Hawaii’s Narcotics Enforcement Division to implement education efforts with community partners.

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Public health workforce capacity building

Hawaii trained 15 cohorts in a 12-week workforce development program, providing overdose prevention education to 15 public health fellows per cohort. The training engages community organizations and helps Hawaiian communities increase public health capacity in developing effective overdose prevention and treatment responses.

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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