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DOH opioid data dashboard newest resource in addiction battle

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The New Jersey Department of Health unveiled an opioid data dashboard, designed to provide public health practitioners, researchers, policymakers and the public with an additional tool in the fight against opioid addiction.

DOH Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal pointed out the dashboard currently features detailed drug-related deaths, prescription-monitoring program statistics, naloxone (Narcan) administrations, hospital visits, treatment admissions and discharges.

“Improving public access to opioid-related data trends is vital to stemming the tide of this type of addiction in New Jersey,” Elnahal said in a statement Tuesday. “More than 100 people die every day in the United States from opioid-related drug overdoses, and it is our sincere hope that information contained in the dashboard will guide prevention efforts and lead to data-driven decision making in combatting this devastating epidemic.”

According to the DOH, data on the dashboard is comprised of information provided by multiple sources.

The dashboard is located online at https://www.state.nj.us/health/populationhealth/opioid/.

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Anthony Vecchione

Anthony Vecchione covers health care for NJBIZ. You can contact him at: Avecchione@njbiz.com.

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