New App Can Detect Opioid Overdose
Researchers at the University of Washington recently developed a smartphone app called Second Chance which can detect opioid overdose so that emergency services can immediately be notified to save the victim.
The app uses sonar to monitor breathing patterns, as opioids such as fentanyl can cause rapid cessation of breathing which results to death. A lot of victims also succumb due to unintentional overdose since they are most often powerless to call for help.
According to CDC statistics, at least 130 people in the US die every day from opioid overdose. The team says that the app may appear on the market in about eight months, or sooner if the approval gets fast tracked by the FDA.