Promoting Health, Safety and Equity
Between May 2020 and April 2021, U.S. drug overdose deaths reached record high levels, claiming over 100,000 lives, which was a 28.5% increase from the prior 12 months (from 78,056 deaths). Research suggests that about half of people who die from overdose are found alone. When someone uses alone, no one is around to take lifesaving measures including administering naloxone, rescue breaths, CPR, and calling for EMS.
Overdose detection technologies aim to bridge this gap by identifying when someone becomes unconscious or needs assistance and sending help. We aim to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of interventions that incorporate overdose detection technologies in a variety of settings.
The goals of our research are to:
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