New York Priority Topic Investments

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New York 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 New York.

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 New York 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


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FY21 New York Total Overdose Prevention Funding

FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • New York State Award: $5,726,547
  • City of New York Local Award: $2,060,218

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*
  • Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services Evidence-Building Award: $55,000
  • Oneida County Community Innovation Award: $54,000
  • Jefferson County Community Innovation Award: $54,000
  • State University of New York at Albany Community Innovation Award: $286,516


  • State University of New York at Buffalo: $524,000
  • New York University School of Medicine: $766,069

*average award amount

Examples of How New York Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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MOUD in correctional settings

New York integrated medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) services into correctional facilities to support the rehabilitation of individuals for the entirety of their custody. Early data showed no fatal overdoses among individuals engaged with a post-release provider, and 84% of patients continued medication post-release.

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Innovative county-level risk assessment

New York used an innovative modeling approach to conduct a county-level vulnerability assessment of opioid overdose across the state. Identifying counties experiencing a disproportionate burden of overdoses allows the state to identify gaps in prevention and treatment programs and allocate resources effectively.

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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New York 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 New York.

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 New York there were:


suicide deaths


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

Suicide Prevention Funding At A Glance
Suicide Funding At A Glance
New York


FY21 New York Total Suicide Prevention Funding



FY21 Awards

Emergency Department Surveillance of Nonfatal Suicide-Related Outcomes (ED-SNSRO)

  • New York State Department of Health and Human Research, Inc.: $147,000

Examples of How New York Is Working to Prevent Suicide

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Identifying connections and gaps

New York State (NYS) near real-time surveillance data helped highlight the connection between intentional poisonings and suicide, as well as the challenges in understanding if non-fatal overdoses were intentional. This data gap mobilized the NYS near real-time surveillance team (through the NYS Department of Health) to collaborate with prevention programs to increase access to integrated care systems for people who use drugs and are at risk for suicide. The NYS Department of Health plans to provide technical assistance to substance use settings to facilitate the integration of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies, educational materials, and screening practices into current overdose prevention efforts.

Verifying demographic information

Based on feedback from partners, the NYS ED-SNSRO team examined the validity of race and ethnicity information sent to their near real-time surveillance system and determined that the information is valid and can be used in reports for prevention purposes.

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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