BATAVIA (Oct. 13, 2017) – Clermont County Public Health is releasing a new online tool, known as the Overdose Data Tool to aid in reducing drug overdoses. The website, http://tiny.cc/livestories is available to the public thanks to a partnership with Hamilton County Public Health, and the Funder’s Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE), which provided the financial support to the project.
The website, updated daily, provides information about the number of overdoses reported by Mercy Health Clermont Hospital and calls to 9-1-1 in Clermont County. It also includes information from hospitals in other counties, if the person who overdosed lives in Clermont County. Other information provided includes the home zip code of each overdose and the number of overdoses reported by age group and gender.
“This will be a great tool to aid with targeting interventions in response to overdose activity in the county,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “This new site will allow for better communication between members of our Opiate Task Force including public health, mental health and recovery, local hospitals, law enforcement and EMS agencies.”
The mission of the Clermont County Opiate Task Force is to minimize opiate misuse, distribution, addiction, overdose, and deaths. Clermont County had 96 fatal drug overdoses in 2016, which was a slight decrease from the 105 overdose deaths recorded in the county in 2015.
The Funder’s Response to the Heroin Epidemic, which provided the financial support for the project includes the following investors: Bethesda, Inc., The Cincinnati Bar Association, Fifth Third Foundation, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Hatton Foundation, Interact for Health, The R.C. Durr Foundation, United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is dedicated to the mission of striving to improve Clermont County by preventing disease, promoting health, and protecting the environment. For more information, visit http://www.ccphohio.org or call 513-732-7499.