The ORS program exemplifies public health and public safety collaboration at the federal level as demonstrated by the continued investment and support of the program by our core partners, CDC and ONDCP, and through continued partnership with the HIDTA Program and the CDC Foundation. These four partners serve as the backbone of the ORS program and their investments have been critical in creating the program structure and governance to achieve long-term success and sustainability. Partners at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels focus on the reduction of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses and related harms. These efforts are accomplished through the implementation of evidence-based responses, sharing of data and drug-related intelligence, enhancing prevention efforts and overall collaboration with both traditional and non-traditional partners.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC continues to build multidisciplinary and diverse partnerships through public health and public safety collaborations at national, state and local levels to strengthen efforts to reduce drug overdoses. These partnerships allow for effective and equitable implementation of programs and help advance promising strategies that address the overdose crisis, while helping to eliminate the longstanding impact of systemic inequities on overdose prevention. For example, public safety collaborations can reach individuals during critical times such as involvement with the criminal justice system. In addition, partnerships with community organizations can link individuals to substance use disorder treatment or reduce substance use-related harms. These opportunities can bridge knowledge, data and service gaps that impact the success of community-wide overdose prevention actions.

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Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

ONDCP leads and coordinates the nation’s drug policy so that it improves the health and lives of the American people. ONDCP is responsible for the development and implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy and Budget. ONDCP coordinates across 19 federal agencies and oversees a $41 billion budget as part of a whole-of-government approach to addressing addiction and the overdose epidemic. ONDCP also provides hundreds of millions of dollars to help communities stay healthy and safe through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program and the Drug-Free Communities Program.

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The CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation helps CDC save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched approximately 1,200 programs and raised over $1.2 billion to support CDC’s work over the past two decades. To keep people healthy, safe and secure, the CDC Foundation has managed hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 160 countries.

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High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program

Created by Congress in 1988, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program coordinates and assists federal, state, local, and Tribal law agencies to address regional drug threats with the purpose of reducing drug trafficking and drug production in the United States. The HIDTA Program oversees 33 regional HIDTAs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, the program comprises more than 900 investigative, interdiction, and intelligence-sharing initiatives.

…[ORS] is now a cornerstone of the national strategy to reduce drug overdoses and save lives.

“The Overdose Response Strategy is a great experiment in the power of partnerships. The power — and the limitless possibilities — when public health and public safety agencies, each with their own perspectives and experiences, work together to achieve a shared North Star. The ORS began just a few years ago with a blank sheet of paper — and is now a cornerstone of the national strategy to reduce drug overdoses and save lives. The ORS partnership is strong — and continues to get stronger!”

Chauncey Parker, Director, New York/New Jersey HIDTA

learn more about our NATIONAL partnerships

In addition to our core partners, the ORS works alongside other organizations at the national level. The ORS leverages each partner’s respective knowledge, skills, resources and assets, allowing for the development of innovative solutions which may be difficult for partners to develop and implement on their own.

A Division for Advancing Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT)

National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Outreach (DDRO)

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP)

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)