Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

State Unveils Accessible 'Dashboard' of Data on Opioid Epidemic

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

State Unveils Accessible 'Dashboard' of Data on Opioid Epidemic

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The state on Wednesday unveiled a map-heavy Pennsylvania Opioid Data Dashboard, detailing the extent of the narcotics epidemic, the efforts to combat it and the available help.

Among the data nuggets available:

* In Allegheny County in 2016, there were 12,355 people with Medicaid coverage who had opioid use disorders.

* In the third quarter of last year, Allegheny County pharmacies distributed 262.5 opioid prescriptions per every 1,000 residents, among the higher rates in the state. Montour County had the highest rate, at 336.4 per 1,000. The lowest rate was 95.2 in Sullivan County.

* From late 2014 through the end of 2017, police in Allegheny County reversed 666 overdoses using the drug naloxone.

The site also includes maps showing all of the state's Centers of Excellence for coordinating treatment, 800 drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and the 686 drug takeback locations, where people can get rid of unused medications. …

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