In September, the FDA, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, announced the 2016 FDA Naloxone App Competition. This competition challenged and encouraged computer scientists, public health advocates, clinical researchers, and entrepreneurs to develop creative solutions to the opioid epidemic or, more specifically, the high rate of overdose deaths associated with the use of opioids.
In 2014, nearly 2 million Americans aged 12 or older abused or were dependent on opioid painkillers, and 61% of drug overdose deaths involved either an opioid prescription medicine or heroin. Naloxone is a rapid-acting drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and is carried by many emergency medical technicians, firemen, police officers, and others who elect to undergo certification. While there is an improving knowledge of naloxone and its ability to save lives, there is no simple way for someone with naloxone to identify when an overdose occurs nearby. That’s where Fingerpaint decided we could help.
We started by leveraging our experience working with healthcare practitioners and first responders by conducting in-depth interviews to identify what mattered to them when responding to the scene of an overdose. To further our knowledge, we, as a team, attended naloxone training to make sure we truly understood what mattered in the moments of an overdose. Armed with this knowledge and experience, we developed SIRON, a crowd-sourced, real-time alert mobile platform that connects Samaritans with Responders, including naloxone carriers and those certified in CPR, during an opioid overdose.
Key features of SIRON
- Free: Available as a free download for iPhone and Android.
- Private:No registration, no tracking. Names, location data, and personal information are kept on each device. No centralized database.
- Gamified:Responders and Samaritans awarded levels and badges based on successful interactions.
- Local:SIRON alerts are shown only to available Responders near the incident, ensuring the quickest intervention.
- Connected:Maps, turn-by-turn directions, and communications capabilities are shared between Samaritans and Responders.
- Educational:Includes information on how to identify an overdose, what to do while awaiting help, how to administer naloxone, and more.
To learn more about SIRON, complete features, future opportunities, and Team SIRON, visit www.SIRONapp.com