Authors: Olivia Stevenson (Future Science Group)
Researchers from the University of Washington (WA, USA) have developed and tested a cell phone application that could detect an opioid overdose in its users, by using sonar to monitor breathing rate. This application could potentially deliver a reduction in the number of deaths from opioid overdose.
Opioid abuse has become a public health crisis in the USA. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in the USA, more than 115 people die each day after overdosing on opioids. It is possible to reverse the symptoms of an overdose using the drug naloxone. However, if the individual in need of the drug is alone, it may be difficult for them to access help.