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Overdose Surveillance Technical Assistance 
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In July 2018, CSTE partnered with the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) to provide additional support for jurisdictions operating programs for drug overdose surveillance by conducting the Drug Overdose Epidemiological Surveillance Capacity Assessment. Since the onset of the opioid epidemic, the field of public health has experienced an increased need for different types of surveillance tools to understand overdoses. The assessment results helped identify the existing drug overdose surveillance capacity in public health jurisdictions and ongoing data needs. These results demonstrated the gap between existing surveillance capacity and the rising demands of the drug overdose epidemic.

Through this partnership, CSTE created an interactive online learning course, “Creating an Action Plan for Opioid Surveillance” that outlines several core concepts to addressing the opioid epidemic.


Click Here to Access Creating an Action Plan for Opioid Surveillance


Course Overview

In collaboration with CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), CSTE developed and hosted a regional workshop series on drug overdose surveillance for public health professionals and partners. Workshop materials and content were then adapted into the online learning course featured above. In this self-paced online course, participants will be guided through five recorded modules on identifying the public health burden of opioid misuse through key data sources and relevant data indicators found in the ICD 10 codes

Module Titles:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Assess the Stakeholder Landscape
  • Module 3: Assess the Data Landscape
  • Module 4: Access and Analyze Data Indicates
  • Module 5: Pulling it All Together

In each module, course materials including live recordings, power points, notes, and workbook exercises are available for download. This format provides flexibility for participants to learn these essential concepts. These concepts can be applied to public health surveillance related to overdoses involving opioids, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines, and other stimulants. This course is designed to be taken individually or with a group.


Public health practitioners and partners such as epidemiologists, informaticians, data stewards, EMS partners, Behavioral Health practitioners, and representatives from coroner or medical examiner offices make ideal participants.


Regional Drug Overdose Surveillance Workshops


Participants complete data dissemination exercise, Western Regional Workshop


The assessment results informed the development of a series of workshops. Early in 2019, CSTE launched the first Drug Overdose Surveillance Regional Workshop in Atlanta, GA. Subsequent workshops were held in Oklahoma City, Baltimore, and Portland. These two-day interactive regional workshops engaged public health jurisdictions and their partners including epidemiologists, data stewards, EMS managers, Behavioral Health practitioners, and representatives from coroners and Medical Examiner offices.


Participants learned key principles of drug overdose surveillance including data governance, stakeholder engagement, and data dissemination. This dynamic workshop also allowed participants opportunities to collaborate with nearby states, exchange best practices, and share resources while creating an Action Plan for Opioid Surveillance.


More information can be found in the CSTE Drug Overdose Surveillance Regional Workshop Cumulative Evaluation Report







For more information about the Drug Overdose Surveillance Technical Assistance, contact Danielle Boyd at dboyd@cste.org.