The Department was awarded a two-year National Institute of Justice research grant in January 2021, titled “Oklahoma Methamphetamine Data Initiative (OKMDI).” Oklahoma, like many other regions in the United States has been ravaged by the illicit substance methamphetamine (Bonk et al., 2020). At the same time, violence has perpetrated numerous negative consequences on our communities (Community Violence Prevention, 2022, Oklahoma Violent Death Reporting System, n.d.; Messing et al., 2014). The OKDMI examined the relationship between methamphetamine and violence. The hope of the project is to better inform law enforcement and other stakeholders on upstream prevention.
The major goals of the project included developing a dashboard of relevant information to assist law enforcement (linked below); develop the procedures to analyze the relationship between methamphetamine and violent crime; and develop those procedures to examine the effect of methamphetamine and violent crime on upstream factors (social determinants of health). A second goal of the project was to identify search terms in internet searches that may be correlated with methamphetamine use.
PI: Jason Beaman, D.O., M.S., M.P.H., FAPA
Co-PIs: Micah Hartwell, M.S., Ph.D.; Ronald Thrasher, Ph.D.
Disclosure: This project was supported by Award No. 2020-R2-CX-0014, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the Department of Justice.
OKMDI Interactive Dashboard: