The Drug Surveillance Unit monitors overdose trends in Georgia, and provides drug surveillance data to the public and to partners working to end the opioid epidemic. This data is also used to detect and respond to rapid increases, or clusters, of overdoses, such as the Counterfeit Percocet-Related Overdose Cluster in Macon during June 2017.
Georgia Department of Health Drug Surveillance Unit
Georgia Department of Public Health, Drug Surveillance Unit, 2016-2020. Reports available at https://dph.georgia.gov/epidemiology/drug-surveillance-unit
Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS)
OASIS (Online Analytical Statistical Information System) is a suite of tools used to access the Georgia Department of Public Health's standardized health data repository. It is updated and maintained by the Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP). This repository includes vital statistics and data reported by the Georgia Hospital Association on hospital mortality, hospital discharge, and emergency room visits.
The data in this warehouse is provided by OHIP in partnership with DBHDD OPSP.
More information on the Online Analytical Statistical Information System, including data limitations and known data issues, can be found here: https://oasis.state.ga.us/
Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS), Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP). 2003-2015. Available at http://oasis.state.ga.us/
Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS)
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with state health departments. PRAMS collects state-level data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The PRAMS sample consists of women who have had a recent live birth based on birth certificate information. Each participating state samples between 1,300 and 3,400 women per year. The PRAMS questionnaire includes topics on maternal alcohol and tobacco consumption as well as on the mother's knowledge of pregnancy-related health issues.
More information on the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, including CDC’s online data system CPONDER, can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/prams/index.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS), Georgia (2004-2011). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/prams/index.htm
Fatality Analysis Reporting System (formerly Fatal Accident Reporting System) (FARS)
The FARS data set is a nationwide census of annual data regarding fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle traffic crashes. It is a public service of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). FARS collects data on all types of motor vehicle crashes, and in order to be included in FARS, a crash must result in the death of the motorist or non-motorist within 30 days of the crash. Crash data is retrieved from a variety of state documents, including but not limited to police accident reports, death certificates, state registration files, and coroner/medical examiner’s reports.
More information on the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, including the online query system, can be found her: http://www.nhtsa.gov/FARS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Georgia (1994-2012). Available at http://www.nhtsa.gov/FARS
Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)
The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) is a system of administrative data that records information about admissions to and discharges from alcohol and other drug treatment facilities. The data is recorded by public and private treatment facilities that report to individual state agencies. Though TEDS data is collected throughout the year, annual data is captured on or around September 30th of each year to be analyzed and reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
More information on the Treatment Episode Data Set, including raw data files, can be found here: http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/dasis2/teds.htm
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Treatment Episode Data Set -- Admissions (TEDS-A),1995-2005.
Medical Examiner's Office
The Medical Examiner's Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation provides complete forensic pathology services 152 of Georgia's 159 counties in deaths which qualify as coroner cases under the Georgia Death Investigation Act. The Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Georgia oversees the GBI's medical examiner (M.E.) program and also establishes policies and guidelines for all Georgia coroners and local medical examiners. Death cases are reported to the Medical Examiner's Office by coroners, deputy coroners, and law enforcement.
There are some limitations to this data. There are seven metropolitan counties that report to a local medical examiner's office and therefore, are not included in this data set: Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Henry, Hall or Rockdale Counties.
More information about the Medical Examiner's Office can be found here: https://gbi.georgia.gov/medical-examiners-office.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). (2012). GBI Medical Examiner's Office coroner cases 2010 to 2012. Available from the Medical Examiner's Office.