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Overdose prevention app launches in Calgary

The Digital Overdose Response System (DORS), a mobile app designed to help Albertans using opioids and other substances while alone in their homes, is now available to everyone in the Calgary area. CREDIT: DORSapp.ca

CALGARY — A smartphone app aimed at reducing overdose deaths has been launched in the Calgary area.

The Digital Overdose Response System (DORS) uses a timer, where if the user is unresponsive, they will receive a call from the STARS emergency centre.

Should an overdose be suspected, STARS will then dispatch emergency services to the person’s location.


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“More than 70 per cent of opioid-related fatalities happen at home. The Digital Overdose Response System will help prevent fatalities for people who are using opioids at home,” said Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Mike Ellis in a release. “If you are in Calgary or the immediate surrounding area, use the DORS app when using opioids and other substances, especially when using alone.”

Meanwhile, more than 50 per cent of all opioid-related EMS calls are spread across the city outside of Calgary’s downtown core.

Information on the location and phone number of the person using the app will only be used when EMS dispatch is needed. All information will be kept private.

To download the app, or to view more information on how it works, click here.