About Drug Overdose Investigations
According to the CDC, more than 750,000 people in the United States have died since 1999 from a drug overdose . Surveillance of opioid-related mortality is one important component of opioid overdose prevention efforts. The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and CDC recognize the need for additional training for coroners, medical examiners, and health departments to increase knowledge around investigating and certifying overdose deaths. Timely information on overdose deaths will lead to improved design and implementation of prevention interventions that reduce overdoses and overdose death. Working collaboratively with state and national medical examiner and coroner professional organizations and associations, NNPHI will develop and expand trainings. In implementing the training initiative, NNPHI will also enhance information access across the medical examiner/coroner and medico-legal death investigators communities and health department communities.