Combating Overdose through Community-Level Intervention
Drug overdoses continue throughout the United States, claiming an alarming number of lives each year and is the leading cause of injury death in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle crashes since 2009. According to provisional data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which show 107,375 predicted overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending in January 2022. By comparison, in May 2022, CDC released provisional overdose fatality data for the 12-month period ending in December 2021 of 107,622.
In addition to the decrease in the number of predicted deaths, the rate of increase has also continued to slow in recent months. Whereas the rate of increase for the 12-month period ending in December 2021 was 14.9% when compared to the 12 months ending in December 2020, the rate of increase now stands at 12.5%. While these small reductions are promising, there is still a critical need to address overdoses at the local level.
The new data release revealed other grim realities this past year: the most drug overdose deaths in a year; the most deaths from opioid overdoses; the most overdose deaths from stimulants like methamphetamine; the most deaths from the deadly class of synthetic opioids known as fentanyl. The drug overdose epidemic has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting new challenges to public health and public safety officials, medical professionals, local communities, and other stakeholders invested in curbing rates of accidental death. Preparing regional and community leaders to respond effectively to the public health emergency that is today’s drug overdose crisis, is essential for achieving the shared goal of preventing fatal overdose and saving lives.
ONDCP expects to award one federal cooperative agreement under the Combating Overdose through Community-Level Intervention Initiative (COCLI) for a 1-year period, beginning approximately September 1, 2022. The successful non-federal entity (NFE) will conduct research activities that entail implementing and evaluating community-based efforts to fight the overdose epidemic. These activities will be focused on the regions of the United States with some of the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal overdoses and will work to coordinate the often-decentralized state and local efforts to assess and respond to overdoses.
Efforts will also support and promote the partnership of law enforcement and public health agencies, as coordination and collaboration between these two groups is proving critical to addressing this epidemic. Efforts will also align with and be informed by related projects currently being conducted by ONDCP and CDC, and both agencies will work closely with the successful NFE. In particular, work conducted under this initiative will entail partnership with federally designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Programs, which are funded by ONDCP and currently partner with the CDC under the Overdose Response Strategy initiative.
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July 22, 2022
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