Oregon Priority Topic Investments

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Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 Oregon 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 Oregon Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Oregon State Award: $2,894,318

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*
  • Clackamas County Community Innovation Award: $207,907


*average award amount

Examples of How Oregon Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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capacity building
Local health department funding

Oregon funds 11 local health departments (LHDs) located in areas experiencing high overdose burden to implement community-level interventions. Each LHD will establish an Emergency Overdose Response Plan to better serve their community’s unique challenges.

Rural provider education

Oregon’s Pain and Opioid Management (PINPOINT) Collaborative with Synergy Health Consulting, Co-Imagine Health, and the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NARCAD) conducts quality improvement work on pain management, opioid prescribing, and substance use disorder with 60 clinics across Oregon, using practice facilitation and academic detailing.

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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Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 Oregon there were:


suicide deaths


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

Suicide Prevention Funding At A Glance
Suicide Funding At A Glance


FY21 Oregon Total Suicide Prevention Funding



FY21 Awards

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

  • Oregon Department of Human Services: $147,000

Examples of How Oregon Is Working to Prevent Suicide

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Leveraging a data dashboard

Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people in Oregon experience a 1.4 times higher rate of suicide compared to non-AI/AN people, and younger non-Hispanic AI/AN people are at especially high risk for suicide-related outcomes. Tribes have historically lacked access to timely and actionable data on suicide in their communities. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, member tribes in Oregon’s Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NWTEC) voiced concerns about the potential for adverse mental health outcomes in tribal communities. Access to ED-SNSRO data allowed NWTEC to quickly begin monitoring and reporting nonfatal suicide-related outcomes in Oregon’s AI/AN population and helped to address these concerns. NWTEC pulled the data on a weekly basis and reported them to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and to member tribes using a data dashboard. Without these data, tribes struggled to track the burden of nonfatal suicide-related outcomes in their communities, identify high risk groups, advocate for prevention and treatment resources, and evaluate the long-term effect of prevention programs.

Conducting outreach to partners

The June 2020 inception of a monthly suicide report (Suicide-related Public Health Surveillance Update: Suicide-Related Visits to Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers, Calls to Oregon Poison Center and Lines for Life) sparked a need for more partner outreach. In response, the ED-SNSRO staff in Oregon implemented an internal monthly data review with epidemiologists and suicide and overdose prevention staff. The group is responsible for identifying which data or trends should be elevated to other public health authorities and the public.

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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