Development of a Statewide, Publicly Accessible Drug Overdose Surveillance and Information System

Am J Public Health. 2017 Nov;107(11):1760-1763. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304007. Epub 2017 Sep 21.


In response to Rhode Island's overdose epidemic, we developed a collaborative, statewide online "dashboard" to provide the public with timely overdose surveillance data. The Web site- (PORI)-offers user-friendly data visualizations, plain language education, and interactive resource maps. Development of the site has improved overdose data sharing and transparency in Rhode Island. Preliminary results suggest a successful site launch. Future research will evaluate the effectiveness of PORI in terms of informing strategic initiatives to reduce overdoses in affected communities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information
  • Drug Overdose / epidemiology*
  • Drug Overdose / mortality
  • Humans
  • Information Systems*
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Rhode Island / epidemiology