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After First Year, Opioid Info Sharing System Touts Success

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Pennsylvania officials say a system that tracks overdoses and information about drug investigations has been widely adopted during its first year of use.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf joined police and prosecutors Thursday at the state's opioid operational command center to promote the results of the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network.

The network, launched a year ago, is a way for police, public safety workers and medical professionals share details about opioid abuse.

It's currently used by about 1,000 Pennsylvania police departments and hundreds of other agencies.

Authorities say the network aids investigations into people who are dealing in heroin and fentanyl.

Since Wolf declared the state's opioid crisis to be a statewide disaster early last year, there have been more than 19,000 emergency room admissions for suspected overdoses in the state.