Detect Onset of Overdose and Alert a Responsible Person

A solution to detect onset of overdose and alert a responsible person (service staff / partner / family member) to administer first aid and naloxone[1], and liaise with the Scottish Ambulance Service to request emergency care and provide information to support an optimal clinical response.

The required solution will include both hardware and software components: room-based or wearable sensors to detect onset of overdose, a system to alert responsible persons when overdose is detected, and a data management component to record and report system activity and outcomes.

[1] Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that can rapidly reverse the effects of opioids (e.g. heroin, methadone, and other prescription / illicit opioids).  It can be safely and legally administered by trained members of the public in cases where opioid overdose is suspected.  Increasing access to and use of naloxone is a key aim of the Scottish Government’s Drug Deaths Taskforce and supported by a national Naloxone programme.