Carthage students create heat maps illustrating the effects of local, state opioid crises

A pair of Carthage College students seeks to help a local health agency and others make a difference in pinpointing Kenosha County’s areas of concentrated opioid overdose deaths and hospital encounters along with treatment locations with the ultimate goal of preventing the drug-induced fatalities.

Geospatial Science Associate Professor Wenjie Sun, said her students — juniors Zak Schwartz, 21, of Kenosha, and Olivia Pratt, 20, of Waterloo — have been working since February on a project to produce detailed “heat maps” in Sun’s applied geographic information science class. The maps draw from state data detailing the number of overdose deaths and reported drug overdose encounters at hospitals.

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