Heroin & Other Illicit Drugs
In 2017, the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) created the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) to provide real-time data on fatal and nonfatal overdoses and promote cross-jurisdictional data sharing. Because ODMAP helps jurisdictions understand trends and patterns of drug movement, it is most useful when data is available from a large geographic area. In order to provide a comprehensive data set for Maryland, the governor’s office introduced legislation to automate data transfer from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), the central repository for emergency medical services (EMS) data in Maryland, to ODMAP. The legislation was signed into law in April 2018, and the MIEMSS data began to feed ODMAP on July 1, 2018. In June 2018, prior to the start of the MIEMMS data, Maryland had 605 overdoses entered in ODMAP. In July this more than doubled to 1,362. The largest increase was in Baltimore, which is a source city for the drugs distributed throughout the state and serves as an indicator of a “bad batch” for all other counties in Maryland. Baltimore’s overdose numbers input into ODMAP increased from 29 in June to 576 in July, a 1986% increase.
The presenters will conclude that having a statewide dataset allows the state to have a better understanding of drug distribution patterns through the temporal-spatial monitoring of overdose trends. Maryland’s legislation should be considered a best practice for other states to work towards. Currently, Florida, Nevada, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and New Jersey are considering their own approaches to implementing a statewide ODMAP approach.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
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