Broome County has a new high-tech tool for combating the opioid epidemic.
County Executive Jason Garnar, DA Stephen Cornwell, members of local law enforcement and other county officials gathered Thursday to announce the introduction of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application.
The software helps to pinpoint instances of overdose calls on a map of the county in real time.
When police officers are sent to reported overdoses, they call in the preliminary results of their investigation to the dispatcher at Emergency Services who then enters the data into the system.
The information is broken down by whether the overdose resulted in death and whether life-saving Naloxone was administered.
Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge says the system would have been helpful a few weeks ago when the village experienced a cluster of 10 overdoses in one day.
“We weren’t really able to tell what was going on in the rest of the county. Because it was on a weekend, it was difficult for us to convey all of that information quickly to county authorities. So, with the presence of this software, they’ll instantly know what’s going on, not only in Johnson City, but everywhere else,” said Dodge.
The information will also be shared with the Health Department so that it can issue public health warnings should it appear that a bad batch of heroin is causing an outbreak of overdoses.
The site will not be accessible to the public.
However, county officials say they plan to release meta data every three months that is stripped of information that could identify the people who overdosed.