Hennepin County Gets New Tool in Fight Against Opioids

September 27, 2018 07:19 PM

As Minnesota deals with a growing opioid crisis, a new plan to help was announced Thursday.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wants to know specifically where overdose deaths are happening so first responders can respond immediately.

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The new tool is called ODMAP. It links first responders on scene to a mapping tool. Then multiple agencies can track suspected overdoses more accurately, detect spikes in geographical areas and create strategic response plans.


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"Sometimes we learn about a cluster of deaths or a bad batch later," Stanek said. "Today we are proud to announce we are making it easier for first responders to share up to date and up to the minute details about overdoses across multiple jurisdictional boundaries."

Stanek said no personal identifying information will be collected, and the tool is not intended to be used for investigations, but rather for prevention and education.

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