TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The City of Tempe is tackling the growing problems of opioid abuse with science, technology and sewage.

A few months ago it introduced an interactive map, dedicated to showing how many overdoses have happened within town.

City leaders told Arizona’s Family that by keeping real-time statistics, they will get a better understanding of who and where opioid abuse is happening.

"You can really recognize how big the problem is... and identify how to tackle it,” said Joel Navarro, a Tempe City Councilman.

With technology also comes science.

An ASU study is now collecting samples of Tempe’s sewage.

According to organizers, the goal is to see just how widespread abuse is, beyond the actual overdoses and 911 calls.

The scientific advancement come as new information shows most opioid overdoses in Tempe happen to people younger than 30 years old.


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