About the Toxicology Fellow
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 750,000 people in the United States have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Surveillance of opioid-related mortality is one important component of opioid overdose prevention efforts. The complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic highlights the need for an interdisciplinary public health approach, which includes Toxicology.
To help build the capacity of the public health workforce to engage in enhanced surveillance, NNPHI collaborated with the CDC to recruit, interview, select, and train a Toxicology Fellow to work with the CDC’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). The Toxicology Fellow monitors emerging substances, assists in the development of toxicological testing guidance documents, refines the way toxicology data is captured in SUDORS, and disseminates data to inform prevention activities and build capacity to collect timely and comprehensive fatal opioid overdose reporting.
The Toxicology Fellow is helping refine the catalog of substances in SUDORS, adding new substances as well. She has learned how to use EpiInfo and will be helping administer a toxicology needs assessment of medical examiners’ and coroners’ current procedures. Jurisdictions’ responses will help inform CDC’s efforts to support toxicology testing of suspected overdose deaths.
Learn more about SUDORS here.
Biographies of NNPHI’s Toxicology Fellow and other team members are available on the NNPHI website: https://nnphi.org/about-nnphi/nnphi-team/.
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