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Congressman Albio Sires Celebrates CDC Grant to the New Jersey Department of Health

Sep 3, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires celebrated the announcement that the New Jersey Department of Health would receive $7,433,765 in federal funding from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“In New Jersey in 2017, there were a total of 2737 drug related deaths, with a combined total of 511 drug related deaths in Essex and Hudson Counties, parts of which I represent. Providing an effective response to the opioid problems in our state is critical to preventing further needless deaths and this can be enhanced by comprehensive and accurate data,” said Congressman Sires. “I am glad that this funding will support New Jersey in its efforts to further augment its surveillance and prevention activities and enable the state to tailor its response in ways that will ultimately save more lives.”

The Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program is a 3- year cooperative agreement that enables recipients to collect better opioid overdose data that can be used to craft more effective prevention and response efforts.