In an effort to combat the complex opioid overdose epidemic, the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health has been awarded a three-year, $23 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) strategy, which integrates surveillance and prevention strategies to reduce the burden of substance use disorders and drug overdoses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
In 2017, Kentucky had the fifth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. The new grant will support a multi-agency collaboration between state, university, and community partners to inform targeted interventions through timely access and use of data. KIPRC director Dr. Terry Bunn and Dr. Dana Quesinberry, public health policy and program evaluator for KIPRC, are co-principal investigators on the project.
KIPRC, as a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health and part of the UK College of Public Health, has a strong record translating public health surveillance to targeted interventions to address the opioid epidemic. KyOD2A aims to impact inappropriate opioid prescribing, opioid misuse and opioid use disorders, patient standard of care, referrals to SUD treatment and sustained recovery and fatal and non-fatal overdoses.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 13