The Opioid Epidemic

Photo: Ep Jhu, Flickr

Our work in fighting the opioid epidemic tackles an innovative challenge—how do we gather up-to-date, relevant information and then map it in a way useful to communities?

This initiative convenes officials from local governments, so as to share best practices and find solutions to common challenges. The mapping portion of the work has produced a tool called the Celebrating Lost Loved Ones Map, which shows the stories of survivors and attempts to eradicate the stigma of speaking out about individual impact of the epidemic.

opioid mapping
(Jamie Bradway, Flickr)

October 17, 2017

Overdoses due to the opioid epidemic are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 years old, but stigma prevails.

Oakland County, Michigan cropped
(Dwight Burdette)

November 7, 2017

Counties are afraid that sharing data will paint certain communities in a bad light, but Oakland County, Michigan sees this as a proactive step.