App links overdosing people to nearby volunteers with naloxone

July 2, 2020

Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses, but time is crucial and its effectiveness wanes if medics can’t arrive right away. Now, a new app links overdose victims or their companions to trained volunteers nearby who may be able to administer the drug much faster.

Over a 1-year period, about half of 112 participants in a Philadelphia trial said they’d responded to overdoses via the app, and about half used it to report overdoses, according to a study released at the virtual annual meeting of the CPDD.


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After a year-long pilot program in Kensington, the center of Philadelphia’s drug overdose crisis, researchers are hoping to test a smartphone app that...

Can a smartphone app help save lives? Philly researchers have an overdose-reversal tool set for citywide testing.

August 7, 2020

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