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Using the CA Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard to track opioid overdose deaths


California continues to face a serious public health crisis with the opioid epidemic having substantial health and economic impacts. The epidemic is dynamic and rapidly changing, involving both prescription opioids influenced by prescribing and dispensing patterns as well as illicit opioids influenced by the availability of heroin and recently, the increased availability of fentanyl. The complexity of the issue necessitates data-informed actions through multi-sector, strategic collaboration at both the state and local levels to address the problem comprehensively. With nearly 2,000 opioid overdose deaths per year and wide variation of overdose rates across counties and demographic groups, there is a need for integrated, timely, actionable data for use by state policy makers, local opioid safety coalitions, media, community stakeholders, and the public to monitor and combat this dynamic epidemic at the state and local level. Using fatality data from the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard1, the opioid overdose epidemic is described along with the differential geographic and demographic impacts.

Objective: Demonstrate the use of timely, actionable data from a data visualization tool, the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, which integrates statewide, geographic- and demographic-specific data, by describing the changes in opioid overdose deaths in California.

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