THE CHALLENGE: Identifying and Mitigating Opioid Misuse
Opioid addiction and misuse, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, is a devastating crisis that affects public health and national welfare. Every day, more than 130 people die from opioid overdoses, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the misuse of prescription opioids alone costs the United States $78.5 billion a year from healthcare expenses, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Drug overdose data tend to have a one-to two-year lag due to a variety of factors including variations in methods for recording death, delays in toxicology analysis and death certification. As a result, government agencies are facing challenges in monitoring drug overdoses, identifying overdose clusters, and providing timely and targeted responses to emergent threats.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency in 2017 and called for more timely data to help state and local authorities track developments and respond in real time.
Open Source Intelligence (OS-INT)
is a deep-web listening tool that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to assess and prioritize risk.
OS-INT scours publicly available data across the entire Internet, correlating names entered into the system with content related to 20 different risk factors, known as Behavioral Affinity Models (BAMs), and cross-referenced with more than 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk.
Searches provide near-instant results, delivering meaningful, actionable intelligence to identify and prevent risk.
Internet Intelligence’s (NET-INT)
proprietary algorithms continuously identify, monitor, capture, and prioritize IP addresses exhibiting anomalous behavior across multiple risk dimensions.
The system also searches known IP addresses, producing all URLs accessed by the address. Results are nearly instantaneous, and accessed with just three clicks on the computer’s mouse.
The platform collects and stores more than 1 million interactions every day and since its inception has recorded more than 623,000 IP addresses engaged with threat-related risk topics.
Human Intelligence’s (HUM-INT) is powered by the S4 app, a crowd-sourced, mobile application that allows users to confidentially report concerns in real time. 13% of the tips that have come into Lumina’s S4 platform have been related to drug misuse.
THE SOLUTION: Early Identification and Intervention through AI and Machine Learning
Radiance OS-INT, NET-INT, and HUM-INT work in combination to help with early identification and intervention for opioid misuse.
OS-INT’s substance abuse BAM includes more than 2,100 terms. OS-INT performs more than 42,560 searches across the entire web, correlating names with these terms and cross-referencing over 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk. A manual web search of this magnitude would take just over 709 hours – or nearly 18 weeks – for one person to complete. Radiance OS-INT, pulls all applicable content into a comprehensive report. The results are prioritized, making it easy to further analyze the findings and determine potential risk. The system allows for continuous monitoring and evaluation, mapping previous results against results from more recent queries.
NET-INT identifies hotspots of opioid use and areas where preventative measures are effective by aggregating and capturing online activities indicative of opioid use and/or addiction. Predictive trends from this platform will help direct funding and resources to high-risk areas and interrupt the spread of addiction.
HUM-INT’s S4 app can be configured as a workplace tool, allowing employees to submit information related to potential drug misuse behaviors exhibited by coworkers. A centralized management portal allows clients to access real-time threats to geo-fenced facility locations.
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