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Helping Communities Respond Effectively to Overdoses: The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program

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Date Published
June 2020
2 pages

This introduction to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program provides an overview of ODMAP, how it can benefit communities, how information is captured in ODMAP, and how ODMAP data is displayed and protected.


This document provides an introduction to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), which provides access to near real-time fatal and nonfatal overdose data in order to help public safety and public health agencies mobilize their prevention and intervention responses. ODMAP is a free, Web-based, mobile-friendly software platform that aims to enable communities to develop tailored interventions targeting specific geographic areas or high-risk individuals by supporting reporting and surveillance of suspected fatal and non-fatal overdoses. It displays overdose data within and across jurisdictions to help agencies identify spikes and clusters and enables public safety and public health practitioners to input data about suspected overdoses in near real-time. As a result, ODMAP can benefit communities by providing spike alerts; by providing information that allows for deployment of overdose responses and that can be used to target community resources, such as naloxone distribution. ODMAP data can also support strategic planning and resource allocation decisions. The document also informs of the two primary ways which information is captured in ODMAP; how data is displayed on the ODMAP platform; and how data is protected, as controlled unclassified information (CUI) and released only to authorized personnel.