App links overdosing people to nearby volunteers with naloxone

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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