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The Drug Overdose and Technical Assistance Core (DOTAC) promotes the integration of state and local drug overdose prevention resources, interventions, and capacity building, which is critical for developing effective and organized response efforts on the local, regional, and state levels.

DOTAC supports local health departments, community coalitions, and state and local agencies in their efforts to address substance misuse, abuse, and overdose.

DOTAC staff members collaborate with communities to increase access to local drug-related data results, timely analytical results, and drug overdose prevention resources including controlled substance prescribing data results, drug-related injury and fatality trends, and community-based program development and capacity building.

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  • Overview of Harm Reduction Programs
    • The growing drug overdose epidemic has led to the development of a wide variety of substance use prevention and harm reduction programs and practices. In most cases, terminology and program names are not standardized. This has led to certain terms, such as “rapid response team,” being used differently in different communities. This document provides an overview of some of the more common harm reduction programs as well as some of the terms used for these programs. This list is not exhaustive; numerous other options exist to provide harm reduction services.
  • Program Evaluation: What, Why, When, and How
    • Like eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, program evaluation is something that we all recognize that we need to do but that often doesn't make it to the top of our priority list. Yet, just as diet and exercise are keys to a healthy lifestyle, a strong evaluation process is key to the health and effectiveness of your programs. This one-hour seminar explains the evaluation process and how to integrate evaluation into your programs.  Evaluation isn't difficult, it will improve your programs and help you justify the resources you need for effective prevention efforts, and it doesn't require you to avoid chocolate cake. To schedule this seminar for your organization, contact Genia McKee at or click this link  to fill out the Request Form (write Program Evaluation Presentation in the text box).
  • Have questions about your drug overdose prevention work?
  • Drug Overdose Prevention Tackle Box
    • The Drug Overdose Prevention Tackle Box contains two sections. The first outlines how to design an overdose prevention strategy best-suited for a particularly community. The second section includes descriptions of evidence-based and evidence-informed drug overdose prevention programs.
  • Annual Report: Kentucky Resident Emergency Department Admissions for Nonfatal Drug Overdoses, 2016–2020
    • Annual summary of nonfatal drug overdoses among Kentucky residents identified by emergency department visits at Kentucky hospitals, updated in 2021.
  • Understanding ODMAP
    • ODMAP is a simple, web-based system that allows local and state public safety and public health organizations to report suspected drug overdose events within their jurisdiction and to track the occurrence and approximate location of those events. This resource helps you get started with ODMAP.
  • Kentucky Resident Drug Overdose in 2020--Presentation for the Harm Reduction Summit 2021
    • Slides presented at the Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit in August 2021. It includes the most recently available data on fatal and nonfatal drug overdose in Kentucky, covering the age-adjusted mortality rate, demographic statistics, monthly counts, and the annual counts by drug type. All graphics have been approved for public release and can be used in other presentations.