Understanding the Epidemic Through Data

By tracking data trends, Opioid Safety Coalitions can create powerful calls to action and measure the impact of their work. Three state agencies joined forces to create the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard to make it easy to visualize data. Primary sources for the dashboard include CURES data, analyzed by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University, and publicly available data from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The dashboard and its data are the result of ongoing collaboration between CDPH, the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and the California Department of Justice.

The goal is to provide a tool with enhanced data visualization and integration of statewide and geographically specific non-fatal and fatal opioid-involved overdose and opioid prescription rates. The dashboard enables surveillance of several short- and long-term goals targeted by California's Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention program.

Coalitions can take advantage of a variety of data benchmarks to track their progress, including:

  • Prescription and heroin overdose deaths and ED visits
  • Opioid, Hydrocodone, and morphine milligram equivalent (MME) prescription volumes
  • CURES alert measures for MMEs, methadone, and opioids/benzos combos
  • Buprenorphine prescriptions and prescribers

See the state's data dashboard.