Texas Overdose Data to Action
Texas is experiencing a drug overdose epidemic. The state’s drug overdose deaths increased more than 75% during the past five years. In 2021, the drug overdose death rate was 15.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. This is almost double the 2017 rate of 9.4 deaths per 100,000 residents. Males have overdose death rates over twice as high as females. Non-Hispanic Whites and non-Hispanic Blacks have the highest rates of overdose deaths among residents. Texas continues to see increases in stimulant use, too. Texas Overdose Data to Action (TODA) focuses on the changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic. We want to highlight the need for a comprehensive approach to reduce drug overdoses, deaths, and related harm.
- Fatal and non-fatal overdoses tracking;
- Emerging drug threat identification;
- Associated risk factor lists; and
- Data linkage enhancement.
TODA will support:
- Clinician education and training;
- Health IT infrastructure; and
- Public safety partnerships.
The new program focuses on:
- Harm reduction;
- Guidance and outreach by people with lived experience in communities they represent; and
- Health services for persons most affected by the overdose epidemic.
This federal/state partnership expands and strengthens overdose tracking and prevention efforts. It will reduce fatal and non-fatal overdoses involving opioids, stimulants, and multiple substance use.
Areas of focus:
- Surveillance: Enhance and expand nonfatal and fatal overdose data and identify drug threats.
- Evaluation: Identify what is effective and use data to improve prevention interventions.
- Prevention: Use evidence-based interventions aligned with shifts in the epidemic. This includes changes in the illicit drug supply and a rise in stimulant and multiple substance use
- Health: Address overdose disparities by focusing on people:
- Most affected by overdose;
- Underserved by substance use disorder treatments and harm reduction services;
- With lived experience;
- Experiencing incarceration or recent release from incarceration; and
- Experiencing homelessness.
The program emphasizes data and evidence‐based interventions to drive prevention. This should have an immediate impact on reducing overdose morbidity and mortality. Activities will focus on opioids, stimulants, and multiple substance use.
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