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New Interactive Opiates Dashboard Provides Snapshot of Community Overdose Trends

Press Release

March 20, 2018

 

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Kelli Newman Myers  Columbus Public Health        614-645-7213   knmyers@columbus.gov

                    

New Interactive Opiates Dashboard Provides Snapshot of Community Overdose Trends

Report Tracks Key Trends in Drug-Related Emergency Department Data

 

A new interactive opiates dashboard has been developed by Columbus Public Health to provide a current snapshot of overdose trends in order to help address the opiate crisis in our community. The dashboard – which will be updated weekly -- is available on the Columbus Public Health website.

 

The dashboard allows residents to look back at more than two years of drug-related emergency department data. Viewers can change the date range, and how the data trends (by week, month, quarter and year). It includes trends in emergency room suspected overdose visits and features key indicators such as day of the week and time of overdose ER visits, zip code of the patient, age, gender and race.

 

“In order to effectively address the opiate crisis in our community, we must first understand the scope of the problem and identify trends and issues that can help us develop effective responses to protect health,” says Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “The dashboard is part of a broader effort to be transparent and share information with stakeholders and the community on the opiate crisis.”

 

“We know that education is the key to prevention. As we continue working together to implement the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan, we want to use every resource available to educate our community about the opiate crisis,” said Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein. “This data provided by this dashboard will give us a clear picture of where to focus our efforts.”

 

The interactive dashboard will be used as a resource in implementing the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan, a three-year collaborative effort developed by the Franklin County Alcohol Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) to help the City of Columbus and Franklin County respond to the growing drug and opiate crisis. With the assistance of partners, Columbus Public Health plans to add other related data to the system in the future.

 

To view the opiate dashboard, visit https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Office-of-Epidemiology/Harm-Reduction/. For more information on the opiate epidemic and the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan, please click here.

 

 

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