It’s no secret that the opioid epidemic has plagued the United States in recent years. Southern Indiana has historically been a region with little crime or social related issues, but in the past few years, they began seeing a massive spike in opioid use that seemed to come out of nowhere. In fact, the rate of drug overdoses in Indiana increased by 500% between 1999 and 2009. Perhaps more surprising than this statistic is that there were significantly differing outcomes from the overdoses in different regions of the state and no one knew why.

An executive order was signed and a drug task force was put together to try and better understand and combat the problem to figure out where and how money should be spent to improve the lives of constituents. Experts from various agencies including the Indiana Department of Health, Indiana State Police, and Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), and Professional Licensing Association (PLA) came together to start identify gaps in enforcement, treatment and prevention and make recommendations for improvement.

The task force turned to the SAP HANA platform and predictive analytics to develop use cases in order to better understand the problem. Thanks to big data and analytics, the team has been able to gain specific insights and information about who exactly has overdosed from opioids, where the overdose took place, and where they obtained treatment. The data showed that while urban areas have seen higher usage in opioid abuse, rural areas have seen a larger increase in the rate of people dying from drug use. They were able to see where the spikes in specific opioid drugs were taking place on a map and in turn the corresponding adverse outcomes. With this data, the task force was also able to see where treatment centers were located and the state then received federal funding to build opioid treatment centers based off of advice from consultants.

Because the state was able to get a hold of the right data and analytics, Indiana is now armed with the information they need to address the problem and put money and resources in the right places. States such as Indiana and others that are facing increases in data must be able to rely on scalable systems built to ensure accuracy with the latest generation databases. Together, NetApp and SAP have developed an innovative solution that has assisted hundreds of customers to reduce the cost and complexity of their IT environment for SAP landscapes. In fact, SAP applications built on NetApp can lower SAP storage and data management costs by up to 50%.

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