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Mapping Overdoses: NC Agencies Use Technology to Help Track Opioid-Related Incidents

An app will allow first responders and public health officials track overdose-related calls, collect data for ODMAP

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Alamance county law enforcement and public health agencies are now using new software to track incidents of a drug overdose and any related activity they respond to. It's a new approach they are employing to better understand and tackle the opioid crisis.

Using the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), law enforcement and public health are now able to input, monitor and track overdose data. The information includes the time and date of the overdose-related incident and the locations where they occur.

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The Alamance Sheriff's Office, Alamance County Health Department, and Burlington Police Department are part of this collaborative effort which also includes hospitals.

The police department started independently mapping overdose-related incident around December 2018, while sheriff deputies began doing that in early February. ODMAP allows them to collate the data which is deposited in one location to understand trends and formulate preventative methods.

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