Opioid overdose is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year. Deaths are caused by respiratory depression, a sharp decline in breathing rate that leads to a fatal lack of oxygen in the brain. Opioid overdose can be easily treated if addressed quickly, but it is difficult for untrained bystanders to recognize and diagnose symptoms before it is too late.
We created a wearable automatic monitoring system that detects respiratory depression to alert users and bystanders of a possible opioid overdose. Our device gives at-risk patients and recovering addicts extra security by providing information that can significantly reduce the time it takes for overdosers to get help.