We saw that one of the streams for RU Hacks 2020 was harm reduction and we felt that this stream was the most important. We want to help people realize that there is no harm in reaching out for help.
What it does
Safe Buddy is an app that aims to reduce harm in by providing resources and minimizing the occurence or impact of overdosing. On the home page, there is a disclaimer that by using the resources, one cannot be persecuted and that the app is here to support you. On the record information page, the app records some basic info in case of an emergency so if you're planning to take drugs alone - especially during this covid-19 pandemic - there is a timer which will check in with you at select intervals to make sure you're ok. If you're not - the app will contact your emergency contact for help. The maps page provides locations of nearby resources such as needle exchange programs, supervised consumption sites, pharmacies and shelters. Finally, the info tab provides basic information on how to prevent and recognize an overdose for different classes of drugs.
How we built it
We used flask, bootstrap. We used the google maps embed api in order to use the users location, and find points of help nearby to the user.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into a lot of issues with styling using bootstrap and overlaying/hiding different divs.
What we learned
We learned how to use Flask and bootstrap.
What's next for Safe Buddy
Add calling/texting features to an emergency contact if the person does not respond to the timer, in case anything is wrong.