Pa. launches ‘opioid dashboard’ to help fight overdoses, addiction

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine says more than 4,600 people in Pennsylvania died of an overdose in 2016, and she expects the final numbers for 2017 will be even higher.

Levine says the Wolf administration continues to look for ways to fight the epidemic. In January, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a statewide disaster declaration for the opioid epidemic in an effort to devote more resources to the problem.

Levine said the administration has launched the Opioid Data Dashboard to provide information to the public about the severity of the crisis.

“The data dashboard is a living document,” Levine said. “We will continue to refine the dashboard and have new data streams coming in to inform the public of our efforts, as well as efforts from counties and communities throughout the state.”

Levine says the information will allow the Opioid Operational Command Center, local officials, and all entities involved in fighting the crisis to have a better idea of what kind of response is needed.

Anyone who is in need of help or knows someone who is struggling with addiction should call 1-800-662-4357.

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