Metro working to launch system that maps out overdoses in real time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metro Public Health Department hopes to launch a system that can map out overdoses and better analyze trends in Davidson County this year.

Metro Overdose Response Coordinator Trevor Henderson said ODMAP is a type of technology that can help the city focus resources on areas that are impacted by overdoses the most. ODMAP was created by High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), a Drug Enforcement Administration program that provides funding and resources to agencies to help battle drug trafficking.

First responders with the Nashville Fire Department can put information into a database every time there is a suspected overdose call. The data will include if the overdose call was fatal or non-fatal and if Narcan was used. Narcan is the brand name of Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal nasal spray.

The data is color-coordinated and will not show personal information nor what specific drug was used since cases would still need to be confirmed by toxicology reports.

“The ODMAP system would allow us on any given day to look at what suspected overdose activity is going on and in what part of town and where,” Henderson said. “It allows us to really focus in on where we can try and get better distribution of Narcan and training and education.”

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