Vancouver, BC: Oxus Machine Works Limited (OMW Ltd.), a health technology firm that specializes in innovations for diverse communities, announced that they are launching the Overdose Intervention (ODi) platform (mobile app, website, and social media) to address the ongoing public health emergency and rise in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of this innovation and its impact, Upkar Singh Tatlay, the Managing Director of Oxus Machine Works, said “This vital tool engages the entire community in ensuring we are prepared for any circumstance that involves an overdose emergency. Often the onus is on the user themselves but by placing this digital asset in everyone’s hands we are making sure that this a community-wide response and we are all empowered to act. In addition, communities that are most directly impacted by this health crisis such as South Asians are often left out of consideration when it comes to programming, technology, and content. The Overdose Intervention platform ensures that the unique needs of BIPOC communities are met through the delivery of linguistic and culturally appropriate content.”
Overdose Intervention (ODi) app allows individuals of various backgrounds to rapidly respond to an overdose emergency with resources that are suitable to their needs. It allows direct 9-1-1 calling through the app’s built-in feature and provides step-by-step guidance on identifying the symptoms of an overdose, performing emergency first aid, and administering naloxone. The content is delivered in both English and Punjabi, with additional languages to follow.
Due to the glaring gaps in services, technology is now being discussed broadly. The ODi app is available to download for free at the App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit http://www.stopoverdoseapp.com. A CBC news interview discussing the platform can be found at https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-91/clip/15790716.