Updated: Dec 2, 2020
This new app was discussed on the CoP call meeting on 4th June - you can also find the information on this in the CoP minutes page and OD Response page, under the Resources Tab on the home page of this website.
It is important that this app is promoted widely among communities where OD support is needed. Housing sites, OPS sites and those front line workers working with vulnerable populations need to be aware of this app and how it could help save lives. You can access a full website of information on the App by clicking the above image or the web address here: https://lifeguarddh.com/
Link to Lifeguard website https://lifeguarddh.com/products/lifeguardapp/
How to use video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bxPYRINyzQ
The Lifeguard App was launched in BC (June 2020) after 2 years of pilot testing in local health authority regions, focusing on DTES Vancouver SRO clients. The App is support for drug users in BC who perhaps are using alone/ self-isolating and need access to support services. The App requires your name/cell/emergency contact and tracks your GPS location (works on Wi-Fi and data, but must have 10%+ battery on the phone) to locate a person using drugs if they require OD Response and emergency services intervention.
The App is activated by the user before they take their dose. After 50 seconds an alarm will sound and if not silenced by the user after 75 seconds a text-to-voice call will connect to 9-1-1, alerting emergency medical dispatchers of a potential overdose.
You can download the App from the Apple Store or Google Play. An example of the logo you are looking for is below.
You can also find more information from a PHSA article here.