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Am J Public Health. 2017 Nov;107(11):1760-1763. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304007. Epub 2017 Sep 21.

Development of a Statewide, Publicly Accessible Drug Overdose Surveillance and Information System.

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Brandon D. L. Marshall, Jesse L. Yedinak, and Traci C. Green are with the Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, RI. Jonathan Goyer is with the Anchor Recovery Community Center, Pawtucket, RI. Jennifer A. Koziol and Nicole Alexander-Scott are with the Rhode Island Department of Public Health, Providence.


In response to Rhode Island's overdose epidemic, we developed a collaborative, statewide online "dashboard" to provide the public with timely overdose surveillance data. The Web site- (PORI)-offers user-friendly data visualizations, plain language education, and interactive resource maps. Development of the site has improved overdose data sharing and transparency in Rhode Island. Preliminary results suggest a successful site launch. Future research will evaluate the effectiveness of PORI in terms of informing strategic initiatives to reduce overdoses in affected communities.

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