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 FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of Wisconsin.

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 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


FY21 Wisconsin Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Wisconsin State Award: $4,581,541

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*


*average award amount

Examples of How Wisconsin Is Working to Prevent Overdose

overdose strategies
capacity building

Resource gap 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.


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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