The Food and Drug Administration has launched a competition to develop a low-cost, scalable, crowd-sourced mobile phone app to help connect opioid users experiencing an overdose with nearby carriers of the prescription drug naloxone, a medication that reverse the effects of opioid overdose.

“With a dramatic increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S., there’s a vital need to harness the power of new technologies to quickly and effectively link individuals experiencing an overdose—or a bystander such as a friend or family member—with someone who carries and can administer the life-saving medication,” said FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD.

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