Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths
Opioid abuse is a complex problem that impacts a broad spectrum of society, cutting across income and age groups, making overdose prevention hard to target and address. California experienced 3,244 opioid-related deaths in 2019 with San Luis Obispo County incurring 21 deaths the same year. In 2020, fatal overdoses more than doubled in the county with 55 opioid-related deaths, likely due to increased use and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Naloxone, an inexpensive opioid overdose reversal medicine that instantly reverses potentially fatal overdose symptoms, is easy to use by the general population with minimal training. Despite this, access and administration of Naloxone by non-traditional first responders, like family and friends, is limited due to a lack of awareness and availability of the medication.
Innovation in Action
The DxHub innovation process based on Amazon’s Working Backwards methodology results in several artifacts that help inform and guide the result. Below is a description of each and their purpose in the process.
|During the Innovation Workshop, a fictional Press Release is drafted. This is a tool used to define the solution and why it matters to the customer.
|A series of frames are designed to illustrate the problem and the impact of the solution visually.
|A diagram that describes the technical components needed to implement the solution.
|All of the code and assets developed during the course of creating the prototype.
|UI/UX Mockup App
UI/UX Fulfillment Portal
|An example of the user interface that demonstrates the solution.