A public health and public safety partnership program in New York City called RxStat is using data from different government agencies to pinpoint opioid overdoses and to make changes to reduce the toll of prescription drug abuse. The goal is to reduce overdose deaths and to drive home the message that opioid overdose deaths are preventable.
RxStat is housed at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Health Department). It involves timely analysis of drug misuse indicators from multiple data sources, according to Dr. Denise Paone, Director of Research & Surveillance Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention, Care & Treatment at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “If you have timely data, you can find emerging issues and respond rapidly,” she says.