Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC)
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) is leading a coalition of Pennsylvania state and local government agencies, the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and other community partners to reduce the extensive impacts of opioid use disorder (OUD) in communities across the Commonwealth. The group will focus on improving data sharing among different agencies in order to strengthen the state’s ability to respond to opioid use.
In 2018, Pennsylvania created the Overdose Information Network (ODIN) to share information across public agencies on overdoses and naloxone administration. ODIN is an innovative network that gives criminal justice and public health agencies access to the state's overdose and related information across boundaries and in near-real time.
Through this project, partners are improving the collection, integration, and utilization of ODIN data. This will support policy and practice innovations that reduce opioid overdoses and other consequences of opioid use. In particular, improvements to ODIN will enable a better understanding of naloxone prescription patterns. Also, partnering with PADOC, researchers will analyze a pilot program intended to improve naloxone uptake among citizens returning from corrections settings in order to: 1) understand why naloxone uptake tends to be low (and what can be done to fix this); 2) study the impact of providing naloxone kits upon prison release on outcomes such as recidivism, relapse, overdose, and death; and 3) determine how to scale the model and continuously monitor outcomes. Funding will promote surveying, analysis, and department-wide availability of Narcan kits.