An Opioid Observatory
In the Arizona city of Tempe, researchers are tracking drug use in real-time.
Matthew Hallam | | Quick Read
The opioid crisis has become a prevailing and pervasive issue underscoring America’s transition into the 21st century. An estimated 47,600 deaths were caused by drug overdoses in the US in 2017 (1) – and more recent data is expected to demonstrate an even bigger impact, as the spread of illegally manufactured fentanyl and the rise of synthetic opioids continue to drive the epidemic forward.
Rolf Halden has discussed how his analytical techniques have been used to compile the so-called “human health observatory” – a massive database that tracks community behaviors and predicts imminent threats based on chemical measurements in sewage samples. So, what can one see through their telescope? Now, with the Public Health Dashboard developed in an ongoing collaborative effort between Arizona State University and the city of Tempe, Arizona, you can square up to the eyepiece and watch the skies shift with your own eyes.
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