Millennium Health, a leader in clinical drug testing services, announced they will partner with the Ohio Department of Public Safety to provide real-time data to combat the substance abuse epidemic.
The partnership makes Ohio as the first state in the United States to utilize real-time drug use trends to fight the overdose epidemic. Ohio ranks as one of the top states for positive tests for non-prescribed fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.
With this important real-time data coming from Millennium Health, the ODPS will be able to alert local health officials in the local area so that they will be able to initiate a data-driven public health response. As the drug overdoes deaths have increased over 6.9% in Ohio last year, this key information will likely help prevent future drug overdoses.
“The Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center (ONIC), which operates as part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, is pleased to partner with Millennium Health to improve local coordination of health resources to better prevent overdoses, coordinate care, and engage in preventative healthcare,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath. “Access to this important data will help ONIC analysts identify dangerous drug trends faster, and it will also support our health, mental health, and correction partners in their efforts to precisely direct resources where they’re needed.”