The state of New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General announced that there are new resources to help fight the opioid epidemic. One such resource is a new dashboard known as the IDAD, which stands for Integrated Drug Awareness Dashboard. The Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal is positive that the new resources will help provide data for a more comprehensive understanding of the opioid epidemic and its effects on New Jersey residents:
“The launch of the Integrated Drug Awareness Dashboard (“IDAD”), a state-of-the-art opioid data “dashboard” that allows state agencies engaged in the fight against addiction to exchange and analyze information to present a more comprehensive picture of the impact of the opioid epidemic in New Jersey and to better inform strategies to fight it… There’s much more to be done, but we are making important progress in our fight against the opioid epidemic in New Jersey,” – Attorney General Grewal.
How Will This New Dashboard Help?
The new dashboard will help improve knowledge for law enforcement about the opioid crisis. IDAD is said to consolidate data from various New Jersey state health and law agencies and includes data from the Prescription Monitoring Program, and the Division of Consumer Affairs. Information on Naloxone and drug overdoses will also be available. Grewal also hopes to promote more treatment and recovery options for people addicted to opioids. Information gathered from the IDAD will better display the reality of New Jersey’s opioid epidemic. The data will provide facts on where the most help is needed.
Better drug awareness by officials in the state of New Jersey is undeniable. New Jersey has one of the highest numbers of people addicted to opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
“the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths increased significantly in New Jersey by 29.3 percent from 2016 (23.2 deaths per 100,000) to 2017 (30.0 deaths per 100,000)…In 2017, New Jersey providers wrote 44.2 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons, compared to the average U.S. rate of 58.7 prescriptions…”
Additionally, New Jersey, with its proximity to New York City and the Port of New York and New Jersey, which makes the availability of opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription opioids greater. The hope is that by enabling law enforcement to review data about opioid abuse from all participating sources, it will lower the climbing numbers of people addicted to opioids. Addiction to opioids requires first a willingness from the addict to accept help, second, to provide the addict with professional drug treatment for opioid addiction and third to provide aftercare support.
Attorney General Grewal agrees that treatment for addiction to opioids is part of the strategy to end the New Jersey opioid epidemic.
“We are deploying law enforcement resources to promote treatment and recovery for individuals suffering from addiction. We are educating healthcare professionals to help them better prevent addiction in the first place. We are ensuring that our law enforcement strategies are informed by the data. And we are doing it all by building partnerships with other state agencies, county and local partners, and the private sector.” – (New Jersey Office of the Attorney General).
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