UMaine Develops App to Fight Opioid Overdoses

Maine’s Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the University of Maine, has released a free mobile app that provides key information to help reduce deaths from opioid overdoses.

The app, OD-ME, contains naloxone administration instructions for both intranasal Narcan and intramuscular naloxone, and step-by-step audio and visual guidance on how to perform rescue breathing. The app, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play, also allows a user to dial 911 for emergency assistance and 211 for additional resources.

The app was developed by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, and the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory at the University of Maine, and is published by the University of Maine System. The goal of the app is to provide a free and easily accessible emergency response tool primarily aimed at educating active bystanders. Bystanders following instructions on the app could intercede on behalf of a person experiencing an opioid overdose.

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