Montana Priority Topic Investments

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Montana 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 Montana.

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 Montana 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 Montana Total Overdose Prevention Funding



FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Montana State Award: $2,157,021

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*


*average award amount

Examples of How Montana Is Working to Prevent Overdose

overdose strategies
Stigma reduction

Montana created a campaign for Native populations, youth, pregnant/young mothers, veterans, and people with mental illness to reduce stigma. The messages are disseminated through TV ads, billboards, magnets, pharmacy stands, and internet ads.

Timely fatality data

Montana developed and deployed a new death investigation system that integrates data from coroners, medical examiners, law enforcement, and healthcare providers to support more timely and in-depth investigations to understand opioid overdose trends. Strong cross-sector partnerships result in more complete, real-time death certificate data, ultimately leading to accurate and timely data collection.

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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