Virtual overdose monitoring services and overdose prevention technologies

Overdose mortality has continued to rise in North America and across the globe in people who use drugs. Current harm reduction strategies such as supervised consumption sites and naloxone kit distribution have been important public health strategies implemented to decrease the harms associated with illicit drug use, however have key limitations which prevent their scalability.

This is represented in statistics which indicate that the vast majority of overdose mortality occur in individuals who use drugs by themselves. To address this, virtual overdose monitoring services and overdose detection technologies have emerged as an adjunct solution that may help improve access to harm reduction services for those that cannot or choose not to access current in-person services.

This article outlines the current limitations of harm reduction services, the opportunities, challenges, and controversies of these technologies and services, and suggests avenues for additional research and policy development.

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