News Article

Pathways forward in opioid fight are paved with data

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

by The Press

LORAIN COUNTY – We use data for almost everything we do: find the nearest gas station or café, view medical records or track crime statistics. This list is nearly endless. So, why not use data to fight the opioid crisis?

A central repository of collected and up-to-date information will be accessible to for-profit organizations, like treatment centers and companies that provide frameworks to combat the epidemic; government regulated entities, like the Department of Health and Mental Health and Addiction Services; and Medicaid, which currently accounts for about half of Ohio’s budget, but is under attack at the federal level. Also involved is Veterans Affairs; and community groups, including churches, civic groups, grassroots recovery groups, and short-term resources, like intervention specialists or peer recovery support.