Overdose Response Strategy
The Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) is a public health/public safety collaboration between 11 HIDTAs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The mission of the ORS is to help communities reduce fatal and non-fatal overdose rates by improved information sharing across agencies and supporting evidence-based interventions.
ORS states are equipped with one Drug Intelligence Officer (DIO) and one Public Health Analyst (PHA) who are responsible for helping to increase communication, data flow, and intelligence sharing between public safety and public health sectors within and across ORS states.
The DIOs receive information about felony drug arrests from multiple sources and connect the arresting agency with appropriate in- and out-of-state law enforcement agencies. This information sharing has led to the identification of drug trafficking organizations linked to fatal overdoses, and the information has been critical to disrupting distribution networks. PHAs are responsible for enhancing overdose reporting and public health surveillance systems in their state; developing and disseminating reports on trends in substance use and overdose; integrating public health and public safety data; and developing overdose response protocols.
Together, the DIO and PHA team create an essential information-sharing network designed to reduce overdose and help save lives.
For more information about the ORS, please see:
ORS 2017 Annual Report
ORS one-page overview