Substance Use Exposure Dashboard
Call Data from the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center's Poison Help Line
The Substance Use Exposure Dashboard provides local information about the health impacts of substance use (alcohol, marijuana and opioids) in Denver County. Help Line data only represent part of the surveillance picture for substance use. Health surveys, emergency department and hospital discharge records, fatal vehicle crash records, and substance use treatment programs also provide useful information.
- Opioid-related calls are most common, followed by calls about alcohol and marijuana exposures.
- The number of calls about marijuana remained relatively flat during the time when marijuana was only legal for medical use (2001-2013). Calls rose briefly in 2014 following legalization of recreational marijuana use and are trending downward since.
- The numbers of calls related to opioids and alcohol have been trending downward since 2008.
- Most calls for all three substances are related to eating or drinking the substance. Fewer calls were attributed to smoking or injecting substances.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Substance Use Exposure Dashboard
Call operators who are trained to collect information about hazardous exposures and provide medical advice receive thousands of calls each year. Call operators collect and record data during the initial call. They also follow up with callers to understand what happened after the call.
Calls summarized in this dashboard are limited to calls from (or about) people who were exposed to alcohol, marijuana or opioids in Denver County. To protect patient privacy, estimates for four or fewer calls in any category are not shown.
The following sites provide more information about marijuana health and safety issues.
Help Line data has some limitations, including:
- Not all individuals who are affected by these substances call the Help Line.
- Individuals with serious health effects such as an opioid overdose may be too sick to call the Help Line or may be taken to the hospital instead of calling the Help Line for advice.
- Dashboards are based on self-reported information and callers may fail to accurately report substance use or exposure.