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Alberta introduces app to combat opioid overdose deaths for those home alone

Last Updated Mar 23, 2021 at 1:43 pm MDT

Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan announces $8 million in new funding for opioid recovery services on Dec. 6, 2019 (PHOTO: Saif Kaisar, 660 NEWS)

EDMONTON – Alberta is introducing an app to help prevent people from overdosing on opioids while alone at home.

The province will begin testing the new Digital Overdose Response System in Calgary this summer and the project is expected to expand to other communities in 2022.

Jason Luan, the associate minister in charge of the addictions file, said most people who fatally overdose do so at home.

The app will automatically alert medical emergency workers if the user is unresponsive to a pre-set timer.

The province estimates 70 per cent of overdose deaths occur in a private home.

This news comes as the province reported 1,128 people died in Alberta from opioid overdoses in 2020.