Pennsylvania Opioids

New PA Data Dashboard Sheds Light on Opioid Crisis

Pennsylvania recently launched a new opioid dashboard that integrates data from across the state and visually displays trends regarding the ongoing opioid crisis. As reported by ABC 27, acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine says more than 4,600 people in Pennsylvania died of an overdose in 2016, and she expects the final numbers for 2017 will be even higher.

Levine says the Wolf administration continues to look for ways to fight the epidemic. In January, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a statewide disaster declaration for the opioid epidemic in an effort to devote more resources to the problem. Levine said the administration has launched the Opioid Data Dashboard to provide information to the public about the severity of the crisis.

The data dashboard is a living document,” Levine said. “We will continue to refine the dashboard and have new data streams coming in to inform the public of our efforts, as well as efforts from counties and communities throughout the state.”

One data stream that the state is monitoring is prescription opioids across the state. Each prescriber and dispenser of opioids is required to participate in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Approximately 97,000 prescribers and delegates have registered with the PDMP. The program’s database has averaged over 1.1 million searches monthly since its inception – even achieving 53,000 searches on a weekday. Visit the PDMP website to learn more about the program.

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To learn more about how Pennsylvania is using new data tools to help fight the opioid crisis, please visit ABC 27.

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