The City of Springfield announced the creation of the Springfield Coalition for Overdose Prevention Opioid Database on Tuesday.
The city says their new opioid database will help them understand where drug overdoses are occurring in this region.
Springfield Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris told 22News that the “SCOOP” database will track drug overdoses in Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, and East Longmeadow.
She said both deadly and non-deadly drug overdoses have increased in Springfield over the past few years.
“Information is power and that opens the door for funding,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News. “And my whole goal is to continue to push for treatment beds here in Springfield.”
Mayor Sarno told 22News he’s been asking the state to provide more funding for wrap-around services that help overdose victims and their families.
He also said he wants to use the database to determine if the existing overdose prevention programs have been effective.
The database would also gather data from local hospitals and first responders on the work they are doing in combating the opioid crisis.