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Broome County Using Real-Time Overdose Mapping App

Broome County Using Real-Time Overdose Mapping App

 

(BINGHAMTON, NY) Broome County is tracking fatal and non-fatal overdoses in real-time with a secured application developed by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application (ODMAP) provides real-time overdose surveillance data to help public safety and public health officials to effectively respond to an overdose spike, identify surges and areas of immediate concern. These individuals will monitor the map and mobilize resources and issue public health alerts faster and more effectively than ever before.

“This is a game changer. We’ve been talking about the need for real-time data. This helps close the informational gap so that public safety and public health can both better respond to overdoses, deploy resources and send alerts,” said Jason Garnar, Broome County Executive. “There has been broad support among police agencies across Broome County.”

"The increases in drug busts, overdoses and heroin-related emergency calls in Broome County tell the story of an epidemic that needs more attention and action by the feds. That's why I fought so hard to get Broome County the critical federal designation as a ‘High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which makes efforts like today's announcement possible. This new database is one example of the valuable assistance HIDTA brings to communities, and I know it will prove invaluable to those on the front lines.” said Sen. Charles Schumer.

Law enforcement on the scene is reporting overdose information to dispatchers at the Broome County 911 center. The data is then entered to the database by dispatchers. This information includes if the incident/victim is fatal or non-fatal and the number of doses of Naloxone administered on scene. The data is submitted to a central database and mapped to an approximate location.

“The ability to have near real-time data will greatly enhance the decision-making capabilities of local and county officials. Use of this tool is truly a collaborative effort at all levels of government and private partners. It is this type of collaboration that will be most effective in combating this epidemic,” said Michael Ponticiello, Broome County Director of Emergency Services.

Under the HIDTA agreement, public safety, public health and other selected county officials have credentials to access the database and a map which captures the approximate locations of the overdoses. The public does not have access to this system.

“When we have real data, in real time, we can better deploy resources to the right places, at the right time, to reduce crime and save lives,” said District Attorney Steve Cornwell. “The real-time data will help us make appropriate arrests, provide treatment options, and make Broome County safer.”

“With this mapping application, we will be able to send out public health alerts to the Broome County community when there is a spike in overdoses. This will help us get the information to the public in a more timely and effective manner” said Rebecca Kaufman, Director of Public Health, Broome County.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program is administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and designed to provide resources to federal, state, local and tribal agencies to coordinate activities to address drug trafficking in specifically designated areas of the country.

 

"Providing up-to-date information on drug overdoses to public safety and health officials is an important component in helping us deploy resources to protect the public," said Broome County Legislature Chairman Dan J. Reynolds. "Working together on these collaborative efforts will have a positive impact in the fight to combat drug abuse in our community."

07/20/2017 - 1:31pm