Use of Digital Technology in Overdose Prevention

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DRNS hosted this webinar on the 9th March 2023 which explored the use of digital technology in overdose prevention. Drug overdoses continue to impact different countries in the world particularly in North America and Scotland. Scotland has the most severe drug-related deaths (DRD) in Europe, almost four times that of other countries. Innovative solutions are required to support people at risk of harm. Digital technology such as smartphone applications, wearable sensors, could help to identify and prevent overdose. This webinar included presentations highlighting international innovation studies on different digital solutions. Presentations included:

  • Emergency Response Communities for Opioid Overdose: UnityPhilly and beyond.
    • Professor David Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Here4U Scotland: Response community application.
    • Oona Keirg, Brave Technology, Canada & Gillian MacLean, Alcohol & Drugs Action, Aberdeen
  • Wearable technologies to detect and respond to opioid overdose.
    • Dr Basak Tas, Research Fellow, Kings College London
  • Piloting a digital health respiratory monitoring intervention to reduce drug-related deaths: The ‘RESCU’ Project.
    • Kristina Hnízdilová, PhD Student, University of Dundee
  • Introducing International Technology Solutions to Prevent Opiate Overdose Network
    • Jon Shorrock, Convenor of ITSPOON and Research Collaborator

If you would like to review the speaker slides, please email to receive a copy, or you can access a video recording of the event here:

Categories: Previous EventsPublished On: March 17, 2023

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