FDA to Host Competition to Develop Naloxone Mobile App

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting the 2016 FDA Naloxone App Competition (#naloxoneapp) to encourage computer programmers, public health advocates, clinical researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators from all disciplines to develop creative strategies to combat the rising epidemic of opioid overdose.

Specifically, the goal of this competition is to spur innovation around the development of a low-cost, scalable, crowd-sourced mobile phone application that helps increase the likelihood that opioid users, their immediate personal networks, and first responders are able to identify and react to an overdose by administering naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. The highest-scoring entrant will receive an award of $40,000.

Registration opened on Friday, September 23, 2016, and the competition closes on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Visit the competition website for a complete list of challenge rules, to register for the Competition, and to submit a concept.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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