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Ivy Tech beta checks new application aimed at encouraging with opioid epidemic

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The pandemic observed better than usual opioid-similar overdoses and now there is a new resource that could assistance.

About a dozen people today came to First United Methodist Church Wednesday to exam the Naxos Neighbors application. The app is meant to enable decrease the number of overdose deaths here in Michiana, and across the region.

The app is really quite easy. If somebody is overdosing they can thrust the assist button in the application and the notification will be sent out to a responder with Narcan – up to 10 miles absent.

Close to 40% of overdoses occur with a bystander existing but considerably less than 5% of the time does that individual simply call 911 – that’s in accordance to the CEO of Naxos Neighbors, an app meant to enable this challenge with just 1 click.

“The one-button simply click in essence assists persons to discover the closest responder. The nearest responder clicks the notification and it gives them the correct location right then and their gps appears for the fastest route,” James Anunda, just one of the applications engineers claimed.

And it’s nameless! The responder can be any individual qualified and with Narcan on hand. Narcan can then conserve a everyday living.

“The objective was that group associates required to assist battle versus the opioid crisis, just not being aware of how. So we sort of put ourselves in the middle ground,” Anunda explained.

But what transpires if there are no close by responders? That is when you contact 911.

“We really don’t want men and women to believe that we’re just heading to consider 911 and ems highlight in drug overdose,” he said. “The purpose is to not only enable individuals who do not want to contact legislation enforcement, some persons do not want to deal with the likelihood of receiving charged for it and at the exact same time we also want to enable legislation enforcement ems minimize their reaction time.”

Opioid overdoses spiked in 2020 due to the fact of the pandemic and in St. Joseph County 83 folks misplaced their lives.

Brittnie Nettrour’s brother was just just one of all those quantities.

“My 11-year-previous brother bought killed from a heroin driver. He was driving a semi with no a license and he was underneath the impact of heroin,”  Nettrour, who was at the app screening, reported.

It transpired just 1 12 months back on this day, and now there’s hope for enable.

“I truly feel like my brother could possibly nonetheless be alive if anyone is overdosing, you in no way know how significant it is to Narcan them you never know how valuable these number of seconds are to save a life,” she reported.

The application was designed by a team of previous and latest Ivy Tech learners, faculty, and employees.

It also has a useful resource library that can help persons identify the nearest restoration centers and coaches

Now, it t may possibly not be recognised to all people, but Narcan is publicly out there about the counter in Indiana and Michigan.