Department of Health And Social Services Launched Opioid Data-Tracking Tool

first_imgInformation on the type of opioid involved in overdose deaths is included, showing how fentanyl has become a major driver in the continuation of the opioid crisis. From February 2017 to February 2018, there were 100 overdose deaths related to opioids (including heroin, prescription opioids and synthetic opioids). FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has launched a new data-tracking tool will allow state, partners to measure toll, progress of the opioid epidemic in Alaska. Governor Bill Walker declared the epidemic a public health crisis in February 2017. The opioid dashboard tracks six sets of data, with information from hospitals, community partners and pharmacists. Examples of the data included are emergency room visits, overdose deaths, doses of the anti-overdose drug naloxone given, and the number of babies born with opioids in their system.center_img The dashboard is at under the “Looking at the data” tab. The site also has information on how to get help, how to get a naloxone (Narcan) kit, how to get a bag to safely dispose of leftover medication, and more. Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Butler: “Knowledge is power, and timely data are necessary to empower community partners and agencies on the frontlines of our state’s response. The opioid dashboard gives the public a window on the challenges we collectively face and the progress we’re making together.”last_img