This map visualizes opioid overdose data across the country - Baltimore


Sep. 25, 2017 12:49 pm

This map visualizes opioid overdose data across the country

ODMap was created by officials at the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area to help officials draw geographic correlations between overdose spikes, Wired reports.

Test data of ODMap.

(Image credit: ODMAP/Baltimore Washington DC HIDTA)

A map that helps U.S. officials track opioid overdose spikes originated in Baltimore.

ODMap presents a visualization of real-time overdose data across the country, Wired reports. It was created after officials at the federal Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area wanted a way to present up-to-date information for police, public health officials and first responders. They used “street-level data-tracking tools” from Esri to create it., Wired reports.

The map helps the officials draw correlations between overdose spikes. One such example happened between Anne Arundel County and Berkeley County, West Virginia. Officials saw a “ripple effect” between the two communities as overdoses spread. The data also helped police draw a link between drugs traveling between the two regions.

Now, we’re basically tracking the drug. We’re able to see it in black and white, as it spreads throughout a region,” Jeff Beeson, deputy director of the HIDTA, told Wired.

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Tracking opioid spikes is an increasing focus for officials as they seek to combat the opioid crisis. In Baltimore city, students created the Bad Batch Alert system for localized spikes.

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