Overdose is common among people who use illicit opioids such as heroin, and among those who misuse medications prescribed for pain, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, so to provide a way to easily and very rapidly access life saving information, overdose search app was created.

How it works

Overdose Search is a voice-activated tool that provides life-saving information on opioid overdose treatment, prevention, support, & recovery. With the "Five Essential Steps for First Responders" from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Opioid Overdose Toolkit, users have immediate access to critical steps that can be taken during an overdose incident.

In addition, a large list of resources is accessible via the application using simple voice commands or utilizing the user-friendly search features.

The app is great for:

  • People who want to know the signs and behaviors related to drug use and what to do if someone overdoses
  • People who want to know where to send friends, family, or mentees to receive more treatment if necessary
  • People who want to know how they can prepare for a potential drug overdose, and what to look for when someone is using illicit drugs

To access the app via voice commands, here are the current common voice prompts the app recognizes:

  • "Overdose Emergency" - Automatically navigates users to the First Responder resources.
  • "Overdose Help" - Same as above
  • "Overdose Treatment"
  • "Overdose Support"
  • "Overdose Addiction"
  • "Overdose Prevention"
  • "Overdose Recovery"

Last, but not least, when users access the "Five Steps for First Responders", the app is enabled to read out the details of each step so users can perform whatever action is needed in case of emergency without having to hold or even look at their devices.

Challenges I ran into

The main challenge for this app was finding a seamless way to make all the resources available in the could to the application in a format that was acceptable. All the assets for the challenge were in formats that couldn't be used directly within the app, so to mitigate this, I created a small tool to read all the content in the asset files provided and make them available in a friendly format, which could be hosted in the cloud and accessible to different platform versions of the app. This also allows for seamless resource updates into the application.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

What I learned

What's next for Overdose Search

As a next step for Overdose Search app, I would like to:

  • Support multiple languages for both voice prompts and content (some dependency on content provider here)
  • Support multiple mobile platforms
  • Provide additional features such as private journaling, and even integrated support features such as chatting with mentors and mentees.
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