Overdose Fatality Review
The mission of the Oneida County Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Team is to explore the issues and obstacles related to drug overdose fatalities by conducting confidential case reviews of overdose deaths.
Participants examine a person’s demographics, psychosocial history, treatment history, medical records, crisis system encounters, next of kin perspectives, and other prominent risk factors associated with drug overdoses to identify missed opportunities for intervention to strengthen overdose prevention strategies, improve system-level operations, inform local service providers, public policy, and ultimately to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Oneida County.
A report summarizing recommendations from each case review is posted on this page. OTF members and the community in general is encouraged to review the recommendations and identify strategies for implementation at the partnership, system, and/or agency-level.
"Overdose deaths are preventable. We have the tools we need to stop people from dying from drugs. Nearly 110,000 people have died due to drug overdose in the last year. That’s about one death every 5 minutes"
- Harm Reduction Coalition
The Oneida County Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Team engages representatives from a broad cross section of the public health system including government, public health, health care, mental health, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, education, social services and other community-based organizations.
A core Data Collection & Planning Team from Oneida County Government (County Executive's Office, Health Dept., Law Dept., Mental Health and Planning Dept.) supports the OFR Team implementation.
The OFR Team shared understanding that overdose deaths are preventable and addiction is a disease that should be addressed without stigma and shame, guides the entire OFR process.