Creating a Statewide Database for Indiana’s Addiction Problem
The Polis Center, working with the Regenstrief Institute and the IU School of Medicine, contributed to the IU Grand Challenge Addictions Crisis effort by assisting in the design and development of the Indiana Addictions Data Commons (IADC), a statewide database on opioid use to include social determinants. In the short term, the extensive healthcare data and linked non-healthcare data that exist will better characterize the nature and extent of the opioid crisis across Indiana and support the work of clinicians and investigators working on projects related to this plan. In the longer term, the aim is for this resource to become an essential and model ‘data commons’ to support the work of our entire community working to address this crisis for our state and our nation.
In addition, Polis is designing and developing the first-of-its-kind chemical surveillance system database to connect clinical information, overdose locations, chemical drug identification, and drug concentration information. The goal is to enable more effective drug abuse prevention strategies, and help the state craft better policies and allocate resources more effectively.
(Related resource: In 2017, the Polis Center researched retail access to tobacco products as an important consideration when discussing potential community action to address population health disparities. Studies show that tobacco outlet density and proximity are linked to tobacco use–particularly in poor areas. We used socioeconomic data culled from the SAVI community information system to examine the density and proximity of tobacco outlets relative to vulnerable communities in Marion County. Read our report, Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area.
To learn more, contact Karen Comer.