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.”