Roanoke, United States
108 N. Jefferson St.
According to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 20 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, leading to an epidemic of addiction. In 2017, over 1,000 people died from opioid overdosing in Virginia alone (including prescription opioids, fentanyl and heroin). A Virginia Department of Health report says that opioid-related deaths in Roanoke quadrupled between 2016 and 2017. The 2018 Virginia Tech Roanoke Center Opioid Datathon is a competition organized in collaboration with the Urgent Love (www.urgentlove.org) Initiative of Southwest Virginia that will bring together bright, multi-discipline teams. Teams will analyze different data sets and turn them into useful information that will support local initiatives and policies in allocating optimal resources to the region's opioid addiction epidemic. Data stewards from health and other relevant agencies across the region will provide non-sensitive, de-identified data to this challenge for the teams to explore and use. Public and open data sets will also be used. The goal for the event is to provide crucial analytics and data-driven solutions in order to fill the needs and/or bridge the gaps in services and allocations of resources that are vital to managing the opioid crisis at the local/regional level. We are looking forward to playing a part in the fight against opioids! We will be accepting 10 total teams of 5 people each - five professional teams (of individuals not actively enrolled in higher education) and five student teams (of individuals currently enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education). Student teams are required to be interdisciplinary in make-up. There will be a vetting process for team participation. More information and registration to come. The event will be held at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center. Exact times to be determined.