PDMP & Data Surveillance
The opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen; however, current surveillance systems have delays in data availability exceeding a year for final estimates, highlighting the need for timely and comprehensive overdose surveillance. This session will briefly describe the nonfatal overdose surveillance components of the Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance Program (ESOOS), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, this session will provide preliminary overdose data from emergency departments (EDs) and emergency medical services (EMS) transports, including important information on syndrome definitions, data quality and completeness, and lessons learned in standing up this surveillance system. Through ESOOS, CDC can now report morbidity data on all drug, all opioid, and heroin overdoses by sex, age group, and state on a quarterly basis. Across all three drug indicators, increases in nonfatal overdoses in 2016 were followed by decreases throughout 2017 and into 2018 – though these trends varied by state. ED and EMS data are critical sources for tracking this epidemic and are much timelier than mortality data. The increased timeliness of these data will inform the strategic planning around CDC-funded prevention efforts, facilitate a more rapid, targeted response effort at the local level, and disseminate data to key stakeholders and policymakers.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Post.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.