As overdose death spikes in cities across the country, data collection provide deeper insight into the opioid epidemic. Drug dealers are making money on addiction and overdose death. Drug-death expert Scott Schmidt, the chief coroner in Orleans County, just west of Rochester, NY, described a nightmare scenario of ruthless dealers preying on thousands of New Yorkers severely addicted to opioids.
Fact: New about overdose death, to serious addicts, translates to them as “good high” so they flock to the area of the death for the drug.
Fact: The 1Life Project is building an information platform that will provide near real-time information to law enforcement to prevent clusters of overdose deaths.
It is a sad reality, but overdose death is good for drug sales. When users find out that someone died from an overdose they say “Wow that must’ve been some great stuff and a tremendous high,” says Scott Schmidt.
“Then all of a sudden you have a cluster of overdose death because this dealer put some deadly mix of drugs out there.”
Due to a variety of issues, fentanyl, dosage etc. overdose spikes create incident clusters on data maps. These clusters provide a target area that alert community officials to initiate problem resolution. The National Opioid Data Center will highlight clusters of overdoses for immediate response and deployment of law enforcement and community intervention.