Mobile app provides information on opioid overdoses

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Maine’s Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the University of Maine, recently launched a mobile app that provides information with the goal of reducing opioid overdose deaths.

The free app, called OD-ME, has step-by-step audio and visual guidance on how to perform rescue breathing and instructions for administrating naloxone. The app, which can also call 911 and 211, allows bystanders to recognize and confirm the signs of an overdose.

“The app is not meant to be a stand-in for formal naloxone-use training,” Alexander Rezk, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center research assistant, said. “Rather, it is a low-barrier, easy-to-use emergency response and educational tool for those who want to be prepared.”

The app is part of Maine’s haveitonhand.com public outreach campaign. The campaign emphasizes the importance of having naloxone on hand because most opioid overdoses are accidental.

Providing training and education to the friends and family of those at risk of overdose is part of the state’s Opioid Response executive order, Marcella Sorg, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center research professor, said.

The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center developed the app, which was then published by the University of Maine System.

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