Article: Real-Time Data Analytics Tool Helps Track, Treat Drug Abuse

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Real-Time Data Analytics Tool Helps Track, Treat Drug Abuse

A team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has developed a real-time data analytics tool to help treatment centers and counselors identify and treat drug abuse.  Nonprofits trying to help users overcome their addiction often have a difficult time getting real-time, actionable information on the fast-changing, underground culture of drug abuse.

Using machine learning and data analytics, researchers at NJIT have created DrugTracker, a community-focused drug abuse monitoring and support system.  DrugTracker monitors online platforms such as Twitter and Reddit and combines this information with geospatial data to find out where users are obtaining drugs, as well as trends or changes in the landscape.

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