Sometimes when someone overdoses on a drug, their lives can be saved if they are given treatment in time, however, if there is no one to call for help, then there’s really not much that can be done, right? Well, thanks to researchers at the University of Washington, they are hoping to address the issue.
Dubbed “Second Chance”, the researchers have developed an app that can detect the breathing of an overdosed user and when it detects that the person suddenly starts breathing slower or stops breathing entirely, it automatically calls for help. According to one of the researchers, Shyam Gollakota,
The idea is that people can use the app during opioid use so that if they overdose, the phone can potentially connect them to a friend or emergency services to provide naloxone. We have created an algorithm for a smartphone that is capable of detecting overdoses by monitoring how someone’s breathing changes before and after opioid use.
Right now in its current state, the app is mostly used as a monitoring tool. However, the researchers are hoping to expand on its capabilities to make it more interactive, where on detection of a possible overdose, it will require the user to interact with the phone to make sure they’re OK, if not a call for help will be made. The app is capable of working from up to 3 feet away and according to the initial tests, it seems that it is about 90% accurate.
So guys, what do you think about this app? Do you really think it will reduce the rate of deaths caused by drug overdose? You can share your thoughts with us in the comments.