FDA looking for app like YELP/Urban Spoon to find nearby person with Naloxone

rheumatology, hospital medicine, critical care, pain management, addiction medicine, opioids, prescription drugs, painkillers, overdose, abuse, technology, smartphone, iPhone, appsFDA Launches App Competition to Combat Opioid Overdoses

There is dozens of geolocating apps… for someone trying to get a “quickie” … to find a place to get a meal and who know whats… now the FDA wants people who “carry” Naloxone/Narcan  with them and if someone OD’s they or their friends can use this proposed geolocating app to find someone nearby with Naloxone..  I thought that there was already “a app for that”.. it was called 911 ???

Calling all computer programmers, public health advocates, clinical researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from various specialties! The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched the 2016 Naloxone App Competition as an innovative strategy to fight opioid overdose.

Opioid abuse remains a growing problem in the United States. Naloxone (Evzio) is used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations. The FDA has taken steps to combat these scenarios, such as encouraging the development of abuse-deterrent opioids and providing opioid abuse screening questions for clinicians. Next up in the campaign is creating a mobile phone application.

“Mobile phone applications have been developed to educated laypersons on how to recognize an overdose and administer naloxone, and to connect bystanders with individuals in need of other medical services, such as CPR. To date, however, no application is available to connect carriers of naloxone with nearby opioid overdose victims,” Peter Lurie, MD, MPH, associate commissioner for public health strategy and analysis at the FDA, said in a news release.

The whole purpose behind the app idea is that it can connect opioid users experiencing an overdose with carriers of naloxone near them. This can increase timely administration to reverse the overdose. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is supporting the FDA with the competition.

The number of deaths due to opioid overdoses – including drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as illicit opioids like heroin – have more than tripled since 1999. The FDA announcement says that many of these deaths could have been avoided if naloxone was administered immediately – which is why this competition was created.

“With a dramatic increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the US, there’s a vital need to harness the power of new technologies to quickly and effectively link individuals experiencing an overdose – or a bystander such as a friend or family member – with someone who carries and can administer the life-saving medication,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD.
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3 Responses

  1. I didn’t say it shouldn’t be available. I said that an addict who is close to me said that it will cause more risk taking. Perhaps more should be spent on things that will actually change an addicts access to drugs without making it harder for people who need pain control.

  2. I think it should be available to anyone that needs it. Every business should carry it for emergency problems. Why would you not want to save a life. If you don’t want to help someone save a life it would be interesting to hear why you don’t . Please give us your thoughts on this matter. Oh please you say it may involve more risk taking ???????Dear I have a brain freeze . You have to give me a moment.

  3. I recently asked a drug addict who is close to me what impact having noxalone more readily available to them would have on the drug community. She feels that it will encourage more risk taking and have little or no impact on the numbers of people dying from overdose. I agree with her!

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