About OD2A

National Overview from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Funding is provided to acquire high quality, comprehensive, and timelier data on overdose morbidity and mortality, and to use those data to inform prevention. OD2A was awarded to 66 recipients including 47 states, 16 localities, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, and N.Mariana Islands.

There are two required components - three surveillance strategies and six prevention strategies. The intent is to ensure that the Iowa Department of Public Health is well equipped to do rigorous work under both components, and to ensure that these components are linked and implemented as part of a dynamic system. The purpose of getting more comprehensive and faster surveillance data is to generate insight for action, and to drive prevention and response activities. Required and optional strategies under these components are shown below.


  • Collect and disseminate timely emergency department (ED) data
    Collect and disseminate timely ED data on suspected all drug, all opioid, heroin, and all stimulant overdoses.
  • Collect and disseminate descriptions of drug overdose death circumstances.
    Collect and disseminate descriptions of drug overdose death circumstances using death certificates and medical examiner/coroner data.
  • Implement innovative surveillance
    Innovative surveillance of opioid use/misuse.


  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
    Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (Base): Ensuring that PDMPs are easy to use and access by providers. PDMP Enhanced: Improved intra- and inter-state operability.
  • State-local Integration
    Integration of State and Local Prevention and Response Efforts.
  • Linkage to Care
    Establishing linkages to care.
  • Implement CDC guidelines, clinical education and training
    Providers and health systems support gudeline implementation, clinical education, and training
  • Partner with public safety and first responders
    Programmatic partnerships wtih Public Safety and First Responders
  • Empower individuals to make safer choices