From 2008 to 2016, Riverside County had been experiencing a steady increase in the number of overdose deaths; however, in 2017, overdose deaths and rates began to increase significantly. This rapid rise in overdoses can be attributed to synthetic opioids, particularly fentanyl, and methamphetamine addiction. RODA was established in 2019, to counter the rapid rise of overdoses, using enhanced surveillance data to guide overdose prevention efforts. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program is organized around six overarching strategies, each requiring strong and invested collaboration, data sharing, and data-driven evidence-based practices to prevent new addictions, manage and treat existing addiction, and prevent overdose deaths.
Since the launch of the program, notable successes include establishing monthly mortality surveillance reports, an interactive countywide overdose data dashboard, a multi-disciplinary overdose fatality review team, public health nursing case management for substance use, youth overdose prevention training, bystander naloxone training, and much more. Click here to learn more about RODA's activities and collaborations.
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