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, hosted by the National Safety Council, 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.


heatmap2
(Steven Kay, Flickr)

December 21, 2017

As local governments confront the opioid epidemic, it is rare to see data mapped. Why is there resistance to sharing information?


naloxone
(Jeff Anderson)

February 20, 2018

While most Americans are familiar with the devastating effects of opioids, many are not familiar with a potential savior: naloxone.