A new online tool allows first responders, public safety and public health officials to track opioid overdoses in real time, NBC News reports.
Health officials say the data allows them to quickly allocate resources where they are needed.
First responders can access the tool, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), from any mobile device or computer when they go to the scene of an overdose. They enter whether the overdose was fatal or nonfatal and whether the opioid overdose antidote naloxone was administered. The results appear on a map, which police chiefs and other officials can use to see where overdoses are being reported.
If there is a cluster of overdoses in a particular area, police and fire chiefs get e-mail alerts.