Wisconsin Priority Topic Investments

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Wisconsin Overdose Investment Snapshot

Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY22 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of Wisconsin.

There were 106,699 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2021 (32.4 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a 16% increase from 2020. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2021 involved at least one opioid; 66% of deaths involved synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls). Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased 25%, deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased 37%, and deaths involving cocaine increased 26% from 2020 to 2021. Although deaths increased overall and in all drug categories except heroin, the increases from 2020 to 2021 were generally lower than those from 2019 to 2020, suggesting a slowing of the increase in overdose deaths.

In 2021 in Wisconsin 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


FY22 Wisconsin Total OverdosePrevention Funding


FY22 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Wisconsin State Award: $4,335,115

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*

*average award amount

Examples of How Wisconsin Is Working to Prevent Overdose

Examples of How Wisconsin Is Working to Prevent Overdose
Resource Gapp Analysis

Wisconsin conducted a gap analysis to identify areas with the greatest burden of Hepatitis C cases and/or opioid overdoses but lacking the necessary prevention and treatment resources within a reasonable distance. The report identified areas where community programs would be most impactful and helped local jurisdictions better advocate for their needs.

capacity building
Local data enhancements

Responding to the needs of local health departments, Wisconsin expanded coverage of its syndromic surveillance data from 75% to 85% statewide. Local and tribal health departments now receive weekly county-level alerts flagging any statistically significant increases in suspected/expected overdoses in their area.

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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    Strategic Priorities Overview
  • trends
    Monitor, Analyze, and Communicate Trends
  • capacity building
    Build State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Capacity
  • healthcare
    Support Providers, Health Systems, Payors, and Employers
  • public safety
    Partner with Public Safety and Community Organizations
  • awareness
    Raise Public Awareness and Reduce Stigma

Additional Resources


1 Spencer MR, Miniño AM, Warner M. Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 2001–2021. NCHS Data Brief, no 457. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi. org/10.15620/cdc:122556

Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Investment Snapshot

Preventing suicide is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY22 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) suicide prevention investments for the state of Wisconsin.

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for more than 48,000 deaths in 2021, which is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2021, 12.3 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.7 million attempted suicide.

In 2021 in Wisconsin there were:


suicide deaths


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

Suicide Prevention Funding At A Glance
Suicide Funding At A Glance


FY22 Wisconsin Total SuicidePrevention Funding



FY22 Awards

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Health: $868,730
Wisconsin's Priorities
Suicide Prevention

Wisconsin is preventing suicide with CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) funding by:

  • Creating protective environments
  • Teaching coping and problem-solving skills
  • Identifying and supporting people at risk
  • Strengthening access and delivery of suicide care

This snapshot reflects suicide prevention priorities and activities under Year 1 funding of the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CSP) Program. This information is subject to change. For additional information, please see CSP: Program Profiles.

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 near real-time 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

Additional Resources