Researchers develop wearable sensor that could administer Narcan to prevent overdose deaths

The opioid epidemic has devastated the US with soaring rates of overdoses. While the drug Narcan can be used as an antidote for opioid overdoses, if a patient is alone they cannot always administer the medication. 

Now researchers from Purdue University are looking to tackle this problem with a wearable system that will release the antidote automatically. 

“A lot of time patients who overdoes are found alone and are incapacitated to inject the life-saving drug themselves,” Hyowon “Hugh” Lee, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Purdue, said in a university video describing the technology. “We are trying to come up with a closed loop solution that can automatically deliver an antidote.”