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Marion to participate in National Opioid Data Initiative Study

Post Date:02/26/2018 5:02 PM

Chief Joseph McHaleMarion was one of 11 cities in the United States to be selected to participate with CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, Virginia, in regards to an in-depth study associated with the National Opioid Data Initiative.

The Marion Police Department will partner with several other agencies from across the country to:

  • Increase jurisdictional awareness into the opioid response operations
  • Improve data utilization through analysis and visualization techniques
  • Identify/overcome any barriers that would prevent sharing the opioid data with community stakeholders
  • Implement collaboration between multiple disciplines - government and non-government partners

The benefits of the study include:

  • Building and strengthening community relationships with a diverse network of jurisdictions
  • Gaining an understanding of the barriers regarding the sharing of opioid data with community stakeholders
  • Developing strategies to overcome barriers associated with sharing the related data
  • Learning from these strategies and tactics to collect/analyze the relevant data
  • Highlighting the extensive efforts undertaken to help communities turn the tide in the opioid epidemic

Other partner communities could include:
Lowell, MA; Cambridge, MA; Burlington, VT; Santa Clarita, CA; Lake County, IL; Milwaukee, WI; and potentially Saracuse, NY; Tempe, AZ and Miami, FL

Marion Police Chief Joe McHale has been requested to serve on the Linn County Public Health's steering committee regarding opioid abuse.
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