ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Although the pandemic is improving, the opioid crisis is far from over. The CDC reported over 81,000 overdoses in the 12 months before May 2020. That’s the highest number of drug related deaths they’ve ever recorded. Oneida County’s Opioid Task Force and Overdose Response Team have created an online dashboard with information from several agencies.
“It is all done between The Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center and all of our partners in law enforcement and first response. So, that data is collected literally on an hourly basis when things happen and placed into this dashboard.” – Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
It’s broken down by age, gender, race, type of drug, neighborhood, and more.
So far there have been 83 overdoses this year, and 17 were fatal. Aside from helping them monitor and record data trends, Picente says the dashboard also keeps the community informed.
“It gives people an opportunity to look at where these cases are coming from. What are the situations like? What are the numbers like? What are the age groups we’re dealing with? And again being completely transparent.” – Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
Recently, drug overdoses in the county have declined, but picente says it’s still a health crisis.
“The number’s a little bit better than the beginning of the year but still, still not numbers that we want to report. Behind the numbers are people and that’s what everybody’s got to focus on.” – Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
The dashboard can be accessed through their website ocgov.net