The West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy announced the launch of a new online Overdose Data Dashboard that tracks drug overdoses across West Virginia.
The data is broken into sections -- suspected drug overdoses that emergency medical services responded to and hospital emergency room visits related to overdoses -- as well as by month and county.
Since January of last year, West Virginia emergency rooms have received more than 6,700 visits related to overdoses and EMS has responded to more than 6,600 suspected overdoses.
The idea behind the dashboard is to help emergency personnel, law enforcement and health care providers identify areas that would benefit from drug intervention programs and track whether current interventions are having an impact.
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