Marshall Medical Center spearheads ODMAP in El Dorado County
ODMAP provides near real-time suspected overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and public health efforts to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase, or spike in overdose events. This technology links first responders to a mapping tool to track overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions.
Upon noticing a spike in fentanyl related overdoses, Arianna Campbell, the Director, Co-Principal Investigator at the California Bridge Program teams up with county Public Health Officer, Nancy Williams, to spearhead this program in El Dorado County.
Currently, the county has access to overdose data 6-12 months later, limiting the ability to intervene with treatment and harm reduction services in hotspot areas in real time. Campbell hopes that the rollout of this program will increase education and naloxone services.
“We are battling a twindemic --- the COVID pandemic and the drug epidemic. Overdoses increased by 30 percent in 2020. [ODMAP] gives us the ability to be agile in our responses to overdoses,” said Campbell.
Campbell and Williams submitted the application for the county and are awaiting approval to be admitted to the program. The next step is to engage stakeholders to actively use this groundbreaking technology. They predict a meeting with stakeholders will take place in the next 6-8 weeks. The goal is to pilot the program in 3-6 months and go live in early 2022.