Strategy to Action: Incorporating CDC’s 10 Evidence-Based Strategies to Prevent Opioid Overdoses: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

CDC found 10 strategies by scanning scientific literature to examine interventions that have been successfully implemented in at least one jurisdiction and have proven effective at reducing overdose deaths as well as the risk factors that contribute to overdose.6 These strategies include the following:

  • Targeted naloxone distribution;
  • Medication-assisted treatment;
  • Academic detailing;
  • Eliminating prior authorization requirements for medications for opioid use disorder;
  • Screening for fentanyl in routine clinical toxicology testing;
  • 911 Good Samaritan laws;
  • Naloxone distribution in treatment centers and criminal justice settings;
  • MAT in criminal justice settings and on release;
  • Initiating buprenorphine-based MAT in emergency departments; and
  • Syringe service programs.

Our 2024 AZPHA Conference will be focusing on public health responses to the continuing opioid epidemic with a focus on how to effectively use resources from the various opioid settlements to fund evidence-based interventions like those found by CDC above.