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New Visualization Website for Opioid Epidemic Data

The Baker-Polito Administration launched a new online resource to help the public understand the underlying causes of opioid-related deaths and how to move forward in solving the epidemic. The Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic: a Data Visualization of Findings from the Chapter 55 Report is the result of a public/private partnership that reviewed opioid-related data sets from 29 groups including five different government agencies, higher education institutions, and private sector organizations.

According to the November 29, 2016 press release, “The online site, produced by a MassIT and the Massachusetts Department Public Health (DPH) partnership, is an online, multimedia resource which illustrates and explains the complex nature of the disease of addiction, the role that legal prescription medications and illegal substances play in the epidemic, its impact across the demographic spectrum in Massachusetts, and what steps are being taken to address this fundamental public health crisis in communities across the state.”

To read the entire report, visit

Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council (RSAC) links towns, providers, organizations, and individuals on Cape Cod to identify and address regional gaps and disparities in the service provider system, and to maximize inter-agency collaboration, funding, and resource opportunities.  RSAC facilitates a regional approach to substance use across the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.