Overdose Fatality Review Program

Overdose Fatality Review

Overdose Fatality Review Program

Overview

A locally based, multi-disciplinary process for understanding the risk factors and circumstances leading to fatal overdoses and identifying opportunities to prevent future overdoses. The basis of OFR – like all fatality reviews – is that overdose fatalities could have been prevented with the right action, timing, intervention, and/or response.

Overdose deaths are preventable. Through fatality reviews, key community partners are able to look into each death and identify prevention initiatives that may save another life.

Jessica Blahnik, Marathon County Medical Examiner

Overdose Fatality Review Teams

Teams

OFR teams are county-based. Fifteen teams covering 18 counties utilize OFR in their efforts to prevent fatal overdoses.

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Overdose Fatality Review Data

Data

Information gathered about fatal overdoses drives prevention and intervention efforts at the local and state levels.

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Upcoming Events & Webinars

  • November 17, 2020

    1:00 pm–2:00 pm

    Wisconsin Overdose Fatality Review Webinar

    Webex

    Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Trends in controlled substance prescribing

  • December 9, 2020

    1:00 pm–2:00 pm

    Wisconsin Overdose Fatality Review Webinar

    Webex

    Connecting individuals who are incarcerated to treatment after return to the community: Successes and areas for growth in Wisconsin

Webinar Archive

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October 2020

Treatment of Substance Use Disorder: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment and Implications in Wisconsin

October 13, 2020

Panelist:

  • Dr. Michael Miller

Download PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

View the Webinar

September 2020

Mitigating Overdose Risk through Harm Reduction: Vivent Health Adaptations During COVID-19

September 29, 2020

Panelists:

  • Kristen Grimes
  • Ritchie Martin
  • Logan Self

Download PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

View the Webinar

August 2020

Substance Use Disorder and COVID-19: Challenges and resiliency among treatment providers and individuals working toward recovery

August 18, 2020

Panelists:

  • Faith Gladem
  • Ryan Gorman
  • Amy Molinski
  • Patrick Reilly

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OFR Program Collaborators

Medical College of Wisconsin, Institute for Health & Equity, Division of Epidemiology

Constance Kostelac, PhD
ckostelac@mcw.edu
(414) 955-8670
Assistant Professor

Amy Parry, MPH
aparry@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4120
Program Manager

Wisconsin Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis

Starr Moss
MossSH@doj.state.wi.us
(608) 261-8108
Senior Research Analyst

Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Community Health Promotion, Family Health Section

Lisa Bullard-Cawthorne, MS, MPH
Lisa.BullardCawthorne@dhs.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-3008
Overdose Data to Action Program Planning Coordinator