As part of the HealingNYC initiative to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 35 percent over five years, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration recently released Stop OD NYC, an opioid overdose prevention mobile app.
The free app provides New Yorkers with education on overdose prevention and connects people to nearby pharmacies and community-based programs where they can get naloxone without a prescription. App users can also report their use of naloxone after an overdose, which helps the City better monitor the opioid epidemic.
“New York City is facing an opioid drug crisis driven by a toxic mix of cheap heroin and fentanyl, and we are using every tool we can to save lives” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press release. “This app will ensure that New Yorkers have access to our growing number of naloxone kits across the city, which will help reverse overdoses and put those struggling with addiction on the road to recovery.”
NYC is investing $38 million annually to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, increase naloxone distribution and community-based training, promote cautious opioid prescribing and disrupt the flow of opioids into the City. Download the app for IOS or Android, here.
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