PolicyMap: Tracking the Opiod Epidemic

PolicyMap: Tracking the Opiod Epidemic

Mission: To provide educators, nonprofits, and businesses with accurate, current data related to demographics, real estate, health and well-being, and jobs.

Background: Launched in 2008 by CEO and founder Maggie McCullough, PolicyMap is an online data and mapping application that gives users access to a library of indicators curated from more than a hundred and fifty public and proprietary sources and presented in various forms, including interactive maps, tables, charts, and reports as well as a unique analytic tool. In response to new reporting related to the opiod crisis, the PolicyMap data team recently added several new datasets supplementing data it already had, including detailed overdose information for opioids and other narcotics, emergency department visits, hospitalization rates, and opiod prescription rates.

Outstanding Web Feature: The first map visitors to the PolicyMap site encounter, drug overdose deaths, isn't new. Based on death certificate data from the Centers for Diseases Control augmented by statistical modeling, the color-coded map provides county-level estimates of the rate of drug overdose per 100,000 people in 2016. A second map narrows the county-level data to overdose deaths from opioids and narcotics, including overdoses from opioids heroin, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, oxycodone and other natural or semi-synthetic opioids, and methadone. A third map presents county-level data tracking the rate of prescriptions written per 100 people, which helps illustrate the depth of the problem (i.e., more than 20 percent of counties in the U.S. have a rate of over 100 prescriptions per 100 people). A change in time indicator is also available in the legend, enabling visitors to access year-to-year trends in prescriptions written per 100 people. In addition, the site offers data on opiod-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations broken down by age, income level, and patient's zip code of origin. 

Main Office:
1315 Walnut St, Suite 1500
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Tel: (866) 923-MAPS (6277)
E-mail: info@policymap.com
Subjects: substance abuse
People: bernie langer
Organization: cdc
Location: national