Safe Communities – How GIS Can Help Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

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More Americans die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car crashes – and most of those overdoses involved opioids. The escalating opioid epidemic is just one of many serious health threats that are impacting communities all over the country.

Fortunately, geographic intelligence can help communities address severe health threats like the opioid epidemic but also things like health care fraud, trafficking, gun violence and crop cultivation. These issues can be tackled by using the insight provided by geospatial analysis and shared awareness.

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5:30-8:30pm at 1776 in Washington, D.C. to learn how integrating GIS data across government entities can give gov a better understanding of where, when and why an epidemic or threat is occurring.

You will learn how:

  • GIS can help inform policy and decision making that supports prevention, intervention, and enforcement.
  • Health threat mapping is making a difference in communities according to government and industry experts.
  • Spatial analysis can uncover opioid-related health care fraud using location to identify suspicious activity.