Opioid awareness group working toward app for overdose response
Dallas Gay browses Partnership for a Drug Free Hall's website, which features videos on how to act in a situation where someone has overdosed, in Gainesville, on Oct. 13, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Dallas Gay and others connected to the Partnership for a Drug Free Hall are working to have information about opioid overdose prevention in the palm of your hand.

The partnership already has a downloadable checklist and a training video for the public and law enforcement regarding naloxone, the antidote for overdoses.

Gay demonstrated the checklist at the partnership’s first forum Sept. 26, but the group has made the final tweaks in the last few weeks on the video and website.

How to download

What: PDF checklist for opioid overdose

Where: http://drugfreehall.org/overdose-training/

Instructions available for Apple and Android

“The long-term goal is for there to be an app for the phone, but with the forum as the deadline, we needed to do something quickly because app development takes time,” said graphic artist Susan Daniel.

Gay consulted with Daniel on creating a “basic training for any layperson” for an overdose, which includes steps of calling 911, administering naloxone and performing first aid until the ambulance arrives. Because of the cost and time associated with creating a smartphone app, Gay said they wanted to have something functional that could be downloaded onto a cellphone.

“What it doesn’t give you is the incredible wide coverage that an app store would give you for download, and it doesn’t give us the ability to send out changes to people,” he said.

Gay said he has been working to expand the reach of the training potentially through the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The department’s standing order for prescription of naloxone for overdose prevention includes a disclaimer strongly advising people “to complete a training program in the administration of opioid antagonists.”

“The idea would be a handout that said go to this website for training, and that might be the public health website and in turn that would have our material and our program on it,” Gay said.

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