Bloomington mayor orders changes to maps on controversial website

"Bloomington Revealed" gives the public access to data on how the drug epidemic is impacting their neighborhoods.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - The City of Bloomington is making changes to a public website that shows the impact of the drug epidemic.

Eyewitness News reported Tuesday about the concerns some families had about the information on, a city-run website that gives citizens access to data on overdoses and other information. Some say the tool is putting their family's safety at risk and hurting those the city claims they're trying to help heal.

"I do feel like it's a public shaming. I also feel like it's hurting the surviving families that are still living in these residences," April Adkins said.

Adkins and her family lost a relative to a heroin addiction three years ago.

Wednesday evening, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton announced his decision to modify how the overdoses are displayed on the maps.

"In consideration of resident concerns and with input from local service providers, the city will remove the street addresses from the map and replace the identifier at each geographical coordinate with an indication of only whether the address is a business, residence, or public property," the city said in a release.

Mayor John Hamilton made the decision today to modify how the locations of overdose deaths in Bloomington are presented...

Posted by City of Bloomington, IN - Office of the Mayor on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Early Thursday, the map portion of the website instead contained a message noting it was "temporarily under construction" pending updates.

"Substance use disorder is ubiquitous," Hamilton said in the city's release. "People from all walks of life across our community have lost friends, co-workers, or family members as a result. Sharing this public data about where these deaths are occurring can help give those working toward a solution more tools to help those who are suffering. At the same time, we understand that this is a sensitive issue. As we have done since launching the site, we will continue to consult with those on the front lines of this crisis to follow best practices."