National HIDTA Assistance Center

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program

Overdose Response Strategy

The Overdose Response Strategy is an unprecedented and unique collaboration between public health and public safety, created to help local communities reduce drug overdoses and save lives by sharing timely data, pertinent intelligence and innovative strategies.

The ORS is implemented by state teams made up of Drug Intelligence Officers and Public Health Analysts, who work together on drug overdose issues within and across sectors and states. By sharing information across sectors, the ORS is growing the body of evidence related to early warning signs and prevention strategies. With the information shared, and programs inspired by the ORS, we are helping communities and individuals make healthier, safer choices.

The mission of the Overdose Response Strategy is to help communities reduce fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses by connecting public health and public safety agencies, sharing information, and supporting evidence-based interventions.

While the Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) is not a national initiative, it is a unique program and one in which 18 HIDTAs participate. Please click here for a list of the participating HIDTAs and the corresponding Drug Interdiction Officer (DIO) and Public Health Analyst (PHA) in each of those HIDTAs.