New Jersey Priority Topic Investments
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New Jersey 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 New Jersey.
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 New Jersey there were:
overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)
Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths
Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)
Public Health and Public Safety
*average award amount
Examples of How New Jersey Is Working to Prevent Overdose
|Innovative data partnerships with public safety
New Jersey integrated emergency medical services (EMS) opioid surveillance data into the Baltimore/Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s (HIDTA) Overdose Mapping and Application Program (ODMAP) platform utilized by New Jersey State Police. This data integration provides a near-real-time view of the drug overdose epidemic within the state, making New Jersey the only state with 100% statewide data integration between EMS and law enforcement.
|Linkage to care
New Jersey created Five Minutes to Help, a virtual curriculum for emergency responders to help mobilize naloxone recipients to seek further treatment, connect to existing resources, and reach areas previously unengaged in linkage-to-care activities.
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.
- Strategic Priorities Overview
- Monitor, Analyze, and Communicate Trends
- Build State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Capacity
- Support Providers, Health Systems, Payors, and Employers
- Partner with Public Safety and Community Organizations
- Raise Public Awareness and Reduce Stigma
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
New Jersey 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 FY22 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) ACEs investments for the state of New Jersey.
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. Among U.S. adults surveyed between 2011-2020, 63.9% of adults had at least one ACE and 17.3% 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.
Swedo EA, Aslam MV, Dahlberg LL, Niolon PH, Simon TR, Guinn AS, Mercy JA. Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among U.S. Adults – Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2011-2020. MMWR.
In 2020 in New Jersey*:
of U.S. adults reported experiencing at least one ACE
of U.S. adults reported experiencing four or more ACEs
*ACE statistics are reported by U.S. adults and include exposure to eight types of ACEs: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, witnessing intimate partner violence, household substance abuse, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, and incarcerated household member. (Source: Swedo EA, Aslam MV, Dahlberg LL, Niolon PH, Simon TR, Guinn AS, Mercy JA. Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among U.S. Adults – Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2011-2020. MMWR.).
Preventing ACEs: Data to Action (PACE:D2A)
Beyond the ACEs appropriation, CDC supports several initiatives, research, and partnerships to build state and tribal surveillance infrastructure and enhance ACEs prevention and mitigation.
In New Jersey, some of those other initiatives include:
Examples of How New Jersey Is Working to Prevent ACEs
The New Jersey Center for Health Care Strategies is adding questions about experiencing ACEs to the 2023 New Jersey YRBS to provide representative state-wide estimates of ACEs for New Jersey public high school students. They are also analyzing statewide child abuse and neglect data, Medicaid claims data and incarceration data to assess the risk and protective factors among populations experiencing high burden of ACEs.
|Prevention strategies and approaches
The New Jersey Center for Health Care Strategies is ensuring a strong start for children by developing an ACEs interface training on ACEs risk and protective factors for early home visitation providers. They are also promoting social norms that protect against violence and adversity by increasing access to Connections Matter training to raise community awareness of ACEs and how to prevent them.
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 Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Resource for Action, which outlines six strategies that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as mitigate the harms of ACEs.
- Strengthening Economic Supports to Families
- Promoting Social Norms that Protect Against Violence and Adversity
- Ensuring a Strong Start for Children
- Teaching Skills
- Connecting Youth to Caring Adults and Activities
- Intervening to Lessen Immediate and Long-Term Harms