Data-Informed Overdose Risk Mitigation
The Data-Informed Overdose Risk Mitigation (DORM) initiative is a four-year project that was launched when Maryland enacted House Bill 922 in 2018. The purpose of this project is to examine the prescription and treatment history of individuals in Maryland who died from an overdose in order to establish overdose risk profiles and to better inform policy. To do this, the DORM project links various public health and public safety databases to examine all system interactions of overdose decedents, which can reveal common risk factors and highlight opportunities.
In 2021, OOCC was tasked with overseeing the DORM initiative. In close partnership with the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), the OOCC developed a project plan outlining processes for advancing DORM. DORM will be implemented in two phases. Phase one is focused on identifying and coordinating the centralization of linked overdose datasets and programmatic datasets to establish a broad but holistic profile of health system interactions for people who died from a drug overdose. The goal of phase one is also to garner a better understanding of the demographic characteristics of those who have contact with other public health and public safety systems. Phase two of DORM will be focused on establishing infrastructure to conduct more rigorous analyses of multiple linked datasets that look at relative risk for fatal and non-fatal overdose in Maryland.