A Drexel-made smartphone app to reduce overdose deaths in Philly
The key to saving more Philadelphians from fatal opioid overdoses could be as simple as a smartphone app, says a Drexel public health researcher.
Professor and associate dean Stephen Lankenau spent the last year creating an app that aims to prevent deaths by OD. In the same way ride share apps connect drivers with passengers, the app will connect people carrying Narcan with people experiencing overdoses.
“The concept of a bystander witnessing an overdose and saving a life with naloxone, it’s a powerful idea,” Lankenau said. “We want to create a community of people who are trained in providing naloxone, and somehow link them together.”
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