Fighting back: new dashboard arming community with opioid knowledge

In real time you can get numbers and stats of how each community in the city is affected by the opioid crisis, It's a snapshot of the opioid epidemic. (WSYX/WTTE)

In real time you can get numbers and stats of how each community in the city is affected by the opioid crisis, It's a snapshot of the opioid epidemic.

"We wanted them to see whether this is an issue that's happening in their neighborhood, in their community, " said Columbus Health Commissioner Mysheika Roberts. "You can see if it's affecting men or women, what age group for example."

The interactive dashboard went online last month.

It was developed by Columbus Public Health -- giving residents in each zip code a chance to view up to date trends and stats on the opioid crisis.

For example - take a look at the day of the week or time an overdose happened.

Roberts says giving Columbus this information can help local neighborhoods battle the crisis.

"We think the dashboard helps with awareness and prevention, " Roberts said.

The new dashboard is part of the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan.

That's a three-year effort developed by county and city officials along with treatment facilities.

"Each year we are progressively doing more to help our community with this opiate epidemic."

Roberts says the crisis is far from over, but arming communities with better knowledge of the problem and with a plan in place, she says puts Columbus on the right path to winning the battle.

To log on to the dashboard: https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Office-of-Epidemiology/Harm-Reduction/

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