Arkansas group introduces app to prevent opioid abuse, overdose

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A group has introduced an app to prevent opioid abuse and treat a possible overdose in Arkansas.

The ReviveAR app is available now in both Google and Apple app stores. According to the app’s producer the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership, it has a variety of features, including how to identify a drug overdose and instructions on administering Naloxone.

Users will also be able to access overdose prevention resources and find information for family support throughout the state. It also provides drug take-back locations for drug disposal.

According to recovery partnership officials, instructions from the app are in both written and audio formats, in English and Spanish with plans to add Marshallese soon.

Partnership director Kirk Lane said the app was produced in the face of rising overdose deaths in Arkansas.

“The number of drug overdose deaths are rising at a rapid rate in Arkansas, and opioid overdoses account for more than half of them,” Lane said. “Our priority has always been the health and wellbeing of Arkansans, and this innovative solution marks a significant step forward in our efforts to combat the opioid crisis and save lives.”

Partnership officials said 45 people died from opioid-related overdoses in Pulaski County in the first half of 2023 alone.

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