State launches new online overdose dashboard
March 10, 2023
Ohio has launched a new website with data on drug overdoses in all 88 counties (Source: “New state dashboard helps communities better understand factors behind opioid overdoses,” Ideastream, March 9).
The state dashboard shows that nearly 1,500 people died in 2021 across the state from overdoses that included cocaine.
Local Ohio organizations working in drug addiction have often found it challenging to respond without reliable data about overdoses in their communities – especially as fentanyl exploded into the drug supply, said Ohio State University College of Social Work Professor Bridget Freisthler.
The National Institutes of Health-funded dashboard is part of an effort to learn what local tools are most effective in combating opioid misuse.