During the next installment of the National Security Webinar series, we’ll cover the opioid crisis and how it’s affecting every community and every demographic. The hallmark of a safe community is having organizations use GIS as a foundation for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional collaboration. Geography plays a role in managing any community emergency. While the opioid epidemic provides unique challenges – GIS technology enables government to understand who, where, when, and why in real time and save the lives of countless Americans.
Counter drug agencies have a common goal of disrupting the market for illegal drugs by arresting and dismantling those involved in drug trafficking and related money laundering activities. Recently, drug overdose deaths have become the leading cause of injury and death in the United States. Opioid abuse is a leading contributor to this epidemic and now requires government to rethink its drug enforcement strategies making sure they better align with public health strategies to save lives.
Creating tools that enable real-time mapping of overdose incidents in the field while protecting sensitive personal identifiers is a strategy worthy of exploring. Applying a geo-centric approach towards managing this data will allow officials to make real-time lifesaving decisions that may lead to the prevention of further overdose cases.
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