This week, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced a new data dashboard to provide detailed information about fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose incidents occurring in Baltimore County.
The Opioid Overdose Data Dashboard, developed by the County’s BCSTAT team, displays fatal and nonfatal overdoses reported to the Baltimore County Police Department in Baltimore County from 2017 through September 2021.
“Every opioid overdose death is the tragic loss of a loved one. We hope this latest dashboard not only provides residents with access to this critical information, but also informs our work and the work of community partners as we continue combatting this deadly epidemic,” Olszewski said. “Many thanks to our BCSTAT data team, as well as the Baltimore County Health and Police Departments, for working together to develop this tool, providing the public with access to this important data, and further advancing our administration’s push for more accessible and open government.”
According to a County press release:
It is important to note that this data only reflects overdose events reported to the Police Department and may not reflect all of overdoses occurring in the county. This data will include nonresidents who suffer an overdose within its jurisdiction. Residents who suffer an overdose outside of Baltimore County are not included in this data.
The dashboard is expected to be updated quarterly.
The new Opioid Overdose Data Dashboard released today joins Baltimore County’s growing set of resources that provide unprecedented transparency for residents and reflect Olszewski’s commitment to a more open and accountable government. Prior efforts include:
- Launching BCSTAT, Baltimore County’s first data-driven performance management program that aims to improve performance, ensure data quality, enhance transparency and increase accountability across government.
- Releasing the Baltimore County Open Budget platform to empower residents to explore the County’s budget in an online, easily understood format.
- Expanding Open Budget to include the Open Checkbook tool which allows users to view County expenditures down to the individual check level.
- Providing a number of downloadable raw data-sets related to numerous government functions and services.