“Access to timely data is critical for communities to understand the impact of suspected drug overdoses seen in emergency departments and to identify emerging overdose trends.” Acton said.
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The new online tool uses data from a state surveillance system that collects non-identifiable patient information such as the primary reason for a patient’s visit in most of Ohio’s emergency departments.
This dashboard, updated on a monthly basis, lets users break down the data by time frame, county or region, and by different age groups or gender.
“Drug overdose death data is important in understanding and responding to this crisis, but there’s a lag in the data’s availability because it’s based on death certificates, which take time to complete and analyze,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement.