Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths

The San Luis Obispo County Opioid Safety Coalition is collaborating with the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to design and demonstrate a solution to help address the opioid epidemic. As part of the innovation process, a fictitious press release is developed as a vision document to portray how a solution would look, who it would benefit and why it matters to the Coalition and the people they serve. The following is a summary of the fictitious press release, with a link below to the full document, which provides the guiding parameters in the development of a prototype of the solution. The prototype is currently being developed by the DxHub in coordination with the Opioid Safety Coalition.  

Summary: Fictitious Press Release

San Luis Obispo Opioid Safety Coalition Announces [Naloxone Now] Program Providing Citizens with Training and Free Self Pick-up or Home Delivery Access to Life Saving Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Upon Request

The San Luis Obispo Opioid Safety Coalition has launched a new mobile friendly website that provides simple training and quick, free, confidential access to Naloxone, a lifesaving opioid overdose drug, to make Naloxone as widely available and accessible in the home much like a hand-held fire extinguisher or CPR

San Luis Obispo, CA – June 1, 2021.

SACBEE | HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – The San Luis Obispo Opioid Safety Coalition with the help of the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) powered by AWS has launched the new [Naloxone Now] campaign and web application that provides citizens with access to opioid overdose response training paired with a complimentary anti-opioid overdose kit confidentially delivered to their front door step. This empowers citizens to be ready, able, and armed with Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication, enabling them to save a life if they encounter an opioid overdose event.


The prototype will consist of a web application that can be viewed from any device without having to install an application on your phone or mobile device.  There will be a number of features delivered in the prototype.  Users will be able to start by viewing resources on ways to prevent an overdose from happening.  If the user wants to be prepared to respond to an overdose, they will be able to sign up to get Naloxone sent to their front door after attending virtual training on how to administer the medication.  If, however, the user would like to speak with a pharmacist, the app will direct them to local pharmacies that carry Naloxone.  Finally, if the user is attempting to treat someone that’s overdosing, the app provides simple step-by-step instructions to help guide the user through administering Naloxone and what to do before and after they’ve given the medication.

Updates will be posted here as further progress is made.

Supporting Documents

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.

Press Release
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.

About the DxHub

Cal Poly’s Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) was one of the earliest collaborations between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and an educational institution focused on innovation and digital transformation. While providing students with real-world learning experiences, the DxHub applies proven innovation methodologies in combination with the deep subject matter expertise of the public sector and the technical expertise of AWS to solve challenging problems in ways not contemplated before. For more information, visit