Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: Dashboard Overview
Opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically over the last two decades, leading federal authorities to declare an epidemic. Though the opioid death rate in Spokane county has decreased since 2006, non-fatal opioid events continue to increase. Opioid overdose hospitalizations have increased 2.5-fold since 2004. Opioids are highly addictive substances and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality due to widespread misuse. In the past 10 years, more than 500 people have died from opioid-related deaths in Spokane County–about 4 people per month.
The Spokane Regional Opioid Task Force (SROTF) is a collaborative effort between Spokane Regional Health District and community partners from multiple sectors, including health care, law enforcement, higher education, K-12 public education, nonprofits, business and others. In response to the opioid crisis, partners are working together to reduce and prevent opioid dependency, deaths, and physical and community health-related consequences through the development of a community-wide, progressive response.
This dashboard was generated to support the work of the SROTF and can be used to:
- identify subpopulations at greatest risk of overdose.
- increase public awareness of the epidemic.
- monitor changes and continuously improve over time.