Nationally, in 2017, there were over 72,000 drug overdose deaths with the largest increase in deaths related to fentanyl and synthetic opioids. Provisional data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a decrease in fatal overdoses from 2017 to 2018, however, there is an absent methodology nationally to track non-fatal overdoses. ODMAP offers the ability to collect both suspected fatal and non-fatal overdoses, in real time, across jurisdictions, to mobilize a cohesive and collaborative response.
ODMAP provides near real-time suspected overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and public health efforts to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase, or spike in overdose events. It links first responders and relevant record management systems to a mapping tool to track overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions.
Each agency wishing to participate, signs a data sharing agreement which is designed to protect the data within the system. Once signed, they can begin uploading data in real time through a variety of methodologies as a Level 1 user. They can also access to the ODMAP dashboard, which allows users to view nationwide data and receive custom reports as a Level 2 user. This tool is only available to government (state, local, federal, or tribal) agencies serving the interests of public safety and health.
Scroll through the presentation below to see how ODMAP began its journey, how it has grown, and where it is headed with this visual overview.