Department of Health encouraging use of overdose mapping program

The Ohio Department of Health is encouraging Ohio first responder public safety agencies to utilize a software tool that supports reporting and surveillance of suspected fatal and nonfatal doses.

ODMAP can act as a warning system for overdoses. The near real-time data gathered enables agencies to mobilize responses to overdoses as quickly as possible.

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The program can warn the public of bad batches and minimize fatalities.

In a release, the Department of Public Safety said the data collected by the program can be used to “deploy overdose outreach and response teams to provide services and support to overdose victims, target naloxone distribution, prevention education efforts, and other programming to areas most affected by overdoses.”

Currently, 278 law enforcement, Fire & EMS and public health agencies within 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties have signed up to use ODMAP.

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Agencies can request access here: http://www.odmap.org/AgencyAccess/RequestForm.