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New Online Tool Uses Data to Show Impact of Opioids

Sunday, October 9, 2016

To better help the community understand the scope and impact of the heroin epidemic, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has developed an interactive opioid data story map. The online tool provides data on a variety of issues, including overdoses, blood-borne diseases and police/fire/EMS response, and provides a link to resources and organizations addressing the issue in an eight-county region of Northern Kentucky. The data story map is available on the Health Department’s website at

“The numbers in this story map really do paint a picture of the burden that heroin, and its associated issues, has on Northern Kentucky,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “The story map brings together a variety of figures from many partners in the heroin response in one central location. It’s a flexible tool, too, allowing users to quickly view high level data, or to dig deeper and look for trends in data over time, or to look at county or ZIP code specific measures.”

Some key data points:

“As the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response Taskforce continues to work on initiatives around support, treatment, prevention and advocacy, this data story map will be a useful tool in helping community members and HIRT partners to understand the extent of the opioid epidemic, and monitor progress that our community is making in this effort,” said Jim Thaxton, HIRT Coordinator.

Information in the data story map will be updated every six months.

For more information about the heroin response, visit or call the Health Department at 859.341.4264.

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