New initiative to develop borough-wide data strategy in battle against opioid epidemic

On Friday, February 9th, BP Oddo announced that his office is taking steps to develop a borough-wide data strategy to combat the opioid epidemic on Staten Island. The 90-day initiative, which will include public engagement and the convening of an expert panel, will yield a data roadmap that can be used to monitor progress and shape further efforts.

The goal of the effort is to take a comprehensive look at the opioid crisis on Staten Island and develop a focused data strategy that will enable an accurate assessment of the progress made to date, and help identify priority issues where more work is needed. The Office worked closely with Northwell Health on ensuring that both the clinical and non-clinical needs of the Staten Island community impacted by the opioid crisis would be addressed.

“The core of it is a call to action,” said Joseph Conte, Executive Director of Staten Island PPS. “Everybody’s doing a lot of things and should continue doing that. But you need to get your hands around a core group of things that are top priorities that people will apply resources and measures to so you can have the biggest impact.”

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