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With national data on drug overdoses lacking, University of Texas project looks to help provide a solution

Researchers are testing a program that would allow harm reduction groups to crowdsource data statewide. While the data relies on word of mouth, the researchers say it is more comprehensive than anything that exists now.

Punto de Partida outreach workers Paulina Hijar, left, and Gilbert Shepherd are two of the many harm reduction workers across Texas who are starting to collect data about drug overdoses as part of a new University of Texas project. The data is used to create heat maps to see where overdoses are spiking and then target those hot spots with prevention efforts.

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