Texas Priority Topic Investments

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Texas 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 Texas.

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 Texas there were:

4,172

overdose deaths

14.1

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

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance
Texas

$1,423,850

FY21 Texas Total Overdose Prevention Funding

 

FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Harris County Local Award: $1,349,350

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*

 

*average award amount

Examples of How Texas Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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public safety
Partnership with public safety

Harris County Public Health has established a strong partnership with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) program needed to continue to strengthen and coordinate community linkages to care by expanding screening, counseling, MOUD services, and community referral facilitation upon an inmate’s release.

awareness
Data to action

Harris County has developed a comprehensive surveillance system that will generate community profiles to better understand substance abuse on a community level and inform OD2A prevention interventions. Data collected on drug chemistry, emergency department and services, buprenorphine-waivered providers, socio-economic status, and demographics will be linked to individual-level data or by geography and will yield new insights into the data.

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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Texas 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 Texas.

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 Texas:

41%

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 Healthexternal icon).

ACEs Funding At A Glance
ACEs Funding At A Glance
Texas

$15,000

Total ACEs Funding Appropriated within Texas for FY21 Activities

 

 

FY21 Awards

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

  • Texas Department of State Health Services: $15,000

Examples of How Texas Is Working to Prevent ACEs

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Surveillance Activities

The Texas Department of State Health Services is adding questions about experiencing ACEs to the Texas YRBS to provide representative state-wide estimates of ACEs for Texas public high school students.

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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