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Combatting the Opioid Epidemic in Connecticut Using Uniform Data Collection

Connecticut Department of Public Health and Opioid Overdose Prevention Workgroup Publish Variables for Naloxone Usage Data Collection

In 2016, 855 people in Connecticut died from opioid-related overdose, placing Connecticut among the top ten states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018). Although the rate hovered around 4 to 7 deaths per 100,000 persons between 1999 and 2012, the rate skyrocketed to 24.5 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2016, which was almost double the national average of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 persons (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018).

We cannot combat the opioid epidemic without good quality surveillance data. Data from opioid-related overdose deaths are captured and centrally reported, but we must take the next step to implement uniform data collection and reporting for all non-fatal opioid-related overdoses and instances of naloxone administration.

At the request of Dr. Raul Pino, Connecticut’s Commissioner of Public Health, the Department of Public Health approached the Connecticut Opioid Overdose Prevention Workgroup to be a community partner in tackling uniform data collection. This project aligns with the Workgroup’s mission to “develop and execute a coordinated effort among stakeholders in Connecticut to reduce and prevent opioid overdose deaths through education, increased access to naloxone, advocacy, and policy work.”

The Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Opioid Overdose Prevention Workgroup are pleased to present a list of recommended variables essential for naloxone usage data collection. These are the minimum data points that should be collected to ensure quality surveillance data, however entities are encouraged to include additional data points that are of interest to their individual programs as needed.

Variables for Naloxone Usage Data Collection

Source:

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Connecticut opioid summary. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/connecticut-opioid-summary.

Project Co-Chairs:

Ramon Rodriguez-Santana, MBA, MPH
Epidemiologist 3, HIV Prevention Program, Connecticut Department of Public Health
Ramon.Rodriguez-Santana@ct.gov

Shawn M. Lang, BA
Deputy Director, AIDS Connecticut
Chair, Connecticut Opioid Overdose Prevention Workgroup
Slang@aids-ct.org

Citations:

APA: Rodriguez-Santana, R. & Lang, S. M. (2018). Variables for naloxone usage data collection: Beta v1.0.4. AIDS-CT.org. Retrieved from http://www.aids-ct.org/data-variables.html.

MLA: Rodriguez-Santana, Ramon, and Shawn M. Lang. “Variables for Naloxone Usage Data Collection: Beta v1.0.4.” AIDS-CT.org. 28 March 2018, http://www.aids-ct.org/data-variables.html. Accessed DD Month YYYY.

Project Major Contributors:

Raffaella "Ralf" Coler, RN, MEd
CT DPH Office of Emergency Medical Services

Julia Telfer, MPH
AIDS Connecticut, Inc.

Kelsey Opozda
New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area HIDTA Program

Kim Hricz
Recovery Network of Programs

Dr. Stephen Wolf
St. Francis Hospital

Luis F. Diaz
CT DPH HIV Prevention Program

Gina D’Angelo
CT DPH HIV Prevention Program

Steven Feathers
Perception Programs, Inc.

Sarah Howroyd, LMSW
HOPE Initiative (Manchester, CT)

Peter Canning, RN
UCONN EMS

Angela Harris
Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition

Marianne Buchelli, MPH, MBA, CHES
CT DPH HIV Prevention Program

Karen Hekeler
Northeast Pharmacy Corporation Consultant

Jeff Holland
EMT (Former volunteer)

Ingrid Gillespie
Communities 4 Action

Ann Linskey, PharmD, RPh
Walgreens Pharmacy (Hartford, CT)

Susan Bouffard, PhD
DMHAS

Robert Heimer, PhD
Yale School of Public Health