Frequently Asked Questions

What is a coop, and why did you choose to be one?
A coop is a member owned and controlled business. In harm reduction, the most effective solutions have always been driven by people who use drugs themselves. Brave’s cooperative structure recognizes this fact and centers the people using our products by giving them real decision-making power and economic participation.

Why is Brave not a non-profit organization?
Lack of economic access is a crucial social justice issue, and contributes to the marginalization of many people who use drugs. Being a for-profit organization enables Brave to distribute revenue to our members - including those using our products for providing or requesting support.

How do you intend to make money?
We’re still determining what financial model can lead to long-term sustainability, but we believe in the value created by our technology and by the community gathering around it.

How does the product work?
BeSafe works by connecting people who are using drugs alone (and thus at heightened risk of death, if they overdose) by phone with a trained supporter who will monitor them while they use. If an at-risk person becomes unresponsive - a supporter can summon help for them.

Who’s on the other end of the line during a call?
Supporters are trained and vetted members of Brave who have lived experience with drug use.

How can a supporter tell if someone has OD’d through just a phone call?
There is no guarantee that a person will know for sure that someone has overdosed while using the app - but if someone becomes unexpectedly unresponsive while using drugs in this setting, that’s a strong signal that something has gone wrong. Although far from perfect, the supervision enabled by the app can still reduce the risk of accidental death.

What if a supporter hangs up?
On the app only a person requesting support is given the option to end the session - if a supporter goes offline or ends a call, the person requesting support is handed off to a back-up supporter.

How does the product work?
Brave Buttons provide a simple, physical communication link between a location where drug use occurs and people available to supervise drug use or respond to an overdose in that location. Buttons can be placed inside bedrooms, bathrooms, alleys, and other locations where drug use occurs.

Who are the responders?
So far responders have been peer witness workers and staff in a supportive housing building, but we anticipate that buttons could be useful in many other contexts.

 

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