Texas Overdose Data to Action

"Flowchart for OD2A Data to Action Framework- Reducing Overdoses and Health Disparities

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.

TODA is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand:

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:

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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