Sullivan launches overdose mapping system

MONTICELLO, NY — In a proactive response to the national opioid epidemic, Sullivan County’s 911 Center and Public Health Services have joined forces to precisely track local overdoses. Provided by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, the mapping system was launched on September 1, the day after International Overdose Awareness Day.

“We’re using a nationwide database called ODMAP to collect statistics from each overdose call answered by participating EMS crews,” said public safety commissioner Rick Sauer. “This includes the age and gender of the victim, the suspected drug, if naloxone (Narcan) was administered, and whether the overdose was fatal or not.”