Cincinnati Heroin Epidemic (2016)

Heroin in Cincinnati

In the summer of 2016, the City of Cincinnati experienced a unprecedented spike in heroin overdoses. As a response to a deadly week in August, the City of Cincinnati turned to data to understand the situation. Looking at the location and time of heroin overdose incident calls to emergency operators, Cincinnati Police (CPD) and Fire (CFD) are identifying "hot spots." By working with geographic, emergency response and health data from the local and state levels, the hope is to prevent future spikes. 
We invite you to explore the data in the following interactive visualization. Definitions of the indicators used in the visualization are located below. 
  • Click on an item in the tables and/or graphics to filter the data in the map. You can apply multiple filters. Click the "reset" in the bottom left of the visualization to restore the image to the original view.
  • Hover over the data points on the map to see information about a specific point.
  • Click on a data point in the map to filter the tables and/or graphics to describe that point. Click on the data point again to remove filters in the tables/graphics and restore all data points to the map.  
  • Scroll, zoom and drag through the map to explore different geographic areas. Search by zip code in the map. 
The displayed data refreshes automatically to show data dating back 13 months.

Definition of Indicators

Incident: The type of incident (event to respond to) reported to the emergency operator. Individual incidents are grouped into descriptive categories.
Number of Incidents by Neighborhood: Number of incidents in a particular neighborhood
Hour of the day: Hour of the day (0=12:00am) when the incident occurred
Weekday: Day of the week when the incident occurred
Day of Month: Calendar day of the month when the incident occurred
Month: Number of incidents that occurred in a given month
Incident Outcome: (Disposition) The officer's report on the outcome of the response and whether it resulted in transporting a patient to the hospital 
For data sets used in this visualization and additional data, visit the Cincinnati Open Data portal.
To promote government accountability and transparency, the Open Data Cincinnati initiative of the Office of Performance and Data Analytics (OPDA) provides open, online access to government data. The goal of this initiative is to increase data accessibility, and encourage development of creative tools to engage, serve, and improve Cincinnati neighborhoods and residents' quality of life.
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