Overdose Data to Action


The Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Program

The OD2A program is a surveillance and prevention program designed to tackle the ongoing overdose epidemic in the United States. It is a CDC grant-funded program, which funds select public health departments nationwide, including Harris County Public Health. The program aims to reduce overdoses and substance use disorders in Harris County through various strategies including linkage to care, Naloxone distribution, provider and patient education, and collaboration with partner organizations in the community.

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Email: [email protected]

Our publicly available data hub illustrates the state of the epidemic in the county, the risks of prescription and illicit drugs, and the impact of the OD2A program.

Our Partners

Harris County Public Health is working with key partners in the community to fulfill the goals of the OD2A program and reduce overdose deaths. These partners include:

  • Houston Health Department 
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Doctors for Change 
  • Patient Care Intervention Center 
  • University of Texas at Austin Center for Health Communication 
  • University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health 
  • Baylor College of Medicine 
  • Houston Recovery Center 
  • CHESS health

The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health evaluates OD2A’s prevention and data collection activities for efficacy.

Identify an Overdose and Save a Life

An overdose is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency attention. Recognizing is the first step in reversing an overdose. A person may be overdosing if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Their face is extremely pale and/or feels clammy to the touch
  • Their body goes limp
  • Their fingernails or lips have a purple or blue color
  • They start vomiting or making gurgling noises
  • They cannot be awakened or are unable to speak
  • Their breathing or heartbeat slows or stops

If they exhibit any of these symptoms call 911 immediately. If the person has stopped breathing, begin CPR. If Narcan/Naloxone is available in the vicinity, take the necessary steps to administer the dose.