Overdose Rescue Network


Opioid overdoses have risen dramatically in recent times. A number of initiatives are currently underway in the City of Toronto to help address the issue, including the establishment of safe injection sites and distribution of naloxone rescue kits. These solutions depend on users being in the presence of others should an overdose occur. However, over 80% of people who inject drugs in Toronto reported that they inject alone. For these individuals, there is currently no viable rescue solution other hoping that by chance, someone will stumble upon the situation and that the person has or can access naloxone.

This project will develop a rescue solution for people who use drugs alone, and are unable and/or unwilling to contract 911 for help during an overdose. The project will involve users as part of a participatory design initiative, leading to a new technology-enabled overdose rescue network in Toronto made up of people who possess, and have been trained to administer, naloxone.

Project Team: Tai Huynh, Cheryl TsuiGenevieve Hunter

Project Partner: Toronto Population Health Solutions Lab