Leveraging Data to Unleash Innovation & Curb the Opioid Epidemic

In the complex fight against the opioid overdose epidemic, states can use data to identify critical needs, direct resources and
drive policymaking. An NGA survey of 41 states conducted in September 2018 found that at least 33 states are comprehensively
employing data as a key part of their opioid response plans to align and target efforts to reduce the number of opioid-related
overdoses. Informed by lessons learned from the states, the following brief provides a guide for new governors and senior state
officials to develop a targeted data strategy that includes timely data exchange and collaboration across state agencies for more
effective information sharing.