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Nov 4, 2019 12:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Agencies Join Forces To Address Opioid Crisis

Nov 4, 2019 1:35 PM

County Executive Steve Bellone, along with Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr., Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, and Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini, announced the formation of SOAR: Sharing Opioid Analysis Research. The Suffolk County Department of Probation and the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner are also involved in the initiative.

The goal of SOAR is to bring together governmental agencies to address the opioid crisis in Suffolk County. At quarterly basis meetings, the information will be shared to build a comprehensive understanding of local patterns, characteristics, and trends associated with opioid fatalities. At these quarterly meetings, agencies will share specific data regarding both fatal and non-fatal overdoses and identify gaps and areas where improvements can be made.

The SOAR initiative is based on the model of RX Stat from the New York Police Department. RX Stat is a public health framework emphasizing the use of data as a measure of patterns and trends in the population and considering drug use as a health issue requiring a shared public health and safety response.

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